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Strange things happening at the bird feeder

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That's interesting about the red birds. I'm amazed that any find their way out. 

During good weather, the double doors on the shop stay open. Birds of all types have found their way in. They mostly fly to the far end and beat their brains out against the window panes. The doors stay open but, they often fly too high and can't seem to find the opening. Eventually they must get tired and fly lower. Some have been known to walk out.

Of all the birds that visit, Ravens are far and away the smartest. They don't frequent the feeders, though. They prefer dead meat. 

 

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I also prefer dead meat and it has to be cooked.

That reminds me, did you read  a couple of days ago where a man and wife ate a squirrel without cooking it and both died. Don't remember where? Also a guy I knew went rabbit hunting in the last town we lived in and shot a rabbit and took it home and started getting sick then died. Not the rabbit the shooter. The rabbit died before he got home!!! That just goes to show you stores are the best place to get the food a person is going to eat...Its still not 100% you will live over it but the odds are better that hunting the game yourself...

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Didn't see the raw squirrel story. IMO, that's just plain stupid. I've skinned and eaten a lot of rabbit and squirrels. But, none raw. There's a good reason there are hunting seasons. We never hunted rabbits or squirrel in the summer. Any more, most my meat come from the butcher, too. 

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Jess, I have never seen anyone just hang up an open jar like that.  Neat idea.  The only overhang I have that might work (and still be seen) would be our front porch. I think I'll pass on trying it there:D

I also have birds flying into the shop.  Most find their way out, unless they go upstairs.  I usually go up and help those out.  I did have a hummingbird fly into the garage one day.  That poor thing just couldn't find it's way out, and I could not get it to go out.  I waited until dark and it had perched on the door rail.  I was able to get a ladder and just go up and pick it off the rail and carry it outside.

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On 5/12/2019 at 12:54 PM, Gene Howe said:

Didn't see the raw squirrel story. IMO, that's just plain stupid. I've skinned and eaten a lot of rabbit and squirrels. But, none raw. There's a good reason there are hunting seasons. We never hunted rabbits or squirrel in the summer. Any more, most my meat come from the butcher, too. 

Gene, my dad raised rabbit for food. He had a hand guillotine to kill them. 

What was your favorite way to prepare rabbit for cooking? Seasons, coooking method etc.

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Breaded and fried just like chicken. Same seasoning...salt and pepper in the breading mix. Mom always did it. 

Same with squirrels and Quail. Mom wasn't a tremendously creative cook but, it was always good!

 

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Same for rabbit, squirrel and chicken.  Like Gene's mother, not creative cooking but good for a hungry stomach.  :)

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Rabbits, we raised New Zealand Whites when we lived in Calif. A truck came around once a month  to buy them.. Use to be as much lamb chops and rabbit in the food markets as all the rest of the meats. We got a dollar for each one....I don't know why they are not being sold and prepared anymore but these Texans just eat red beans and corn bread for breakfast and supper, then corn bread and milk for a bed time snack...

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We never cared for farm raised rabbits. Too fatty for us. But, old cottontails could be tough and stringy, too. We could generally tell if it was an old tough one when we skinned it. Mom would pressure cook those before frying them up. 

Ham hocks and Pintos with cornbread is good eats at any time. Dad poured syrup on his. I like horseradish on mine. But then, Dad put ketchup on his chicken gravy, too. 

 

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1 minute ago, Gene Howe said:

But then, Dad put ketchup on his chicken gravy, too. 

:WonderScratch:

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12 hours ago, Woodbutcherbynight said:

My Mother could kill water.  Of course my wife loves this because she never hears, "my mother can tell you how to cook this."

 

:throbbinghead:

She must have cooked for the Navy at some point.  

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4 minutes ago, FlGatorwood said:

She must have cooked for the Navy at some point.  

Yeah, my dad was a Sea Bee in WWll. He said the ketchup in the gravy thing was a hold over from those days.

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My wife has never heard me say that my mother did this or that.  Mother was committed to a mental institute when I was just 4 years old.  So, I didn't have that to compare to.  Her mother was a case.  It's amazing that any of us lived through that but we are all tough.  Now, the wife's mother was a really good cook and a wonderful MIL.  

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