Topic: Birds of Prey: Nuisances or a Farmer's Best Friend?  (Read 1348 times)


LoLotov

« on: August 08, 2017, 11:25:21 AM »
I've been kicking this around for a while, ever since I had a resident goshawk a few games back, so has anyone else had the positive experience of local predatory birds keeping your fields safe?

Mine made my dogs insane trying to steal their food every 20 minutes, thus making me insane, and the interruptions to every single task were not appreciated. However, I did remove all of my bird-kill traps around my cabin in (somewhat irritated) reverence for what is surely a well regarded animal spritually. As a kind of thanks/lucky AI, over the rest of that summer and fall, I would find mutilated, half eaten carcasses of everything small and unfriendly to fields, from rabbits to mallard ducks, never saw another wayward badger, and had every single plant of my glorious little hemp field survive to harvest. Wasn't my dogs, cause they never noticed anything but the damn bird, were tied up far from the carcasses, and they didn't help much on my guys that didn't get a hawk guardian anyway.

So maybe worth leaving some food out to attract a goshawk if you want to be a farmer. Might have just been me, but this was worthwhile organic pest control. I feed my dogs a mash of various uncooked small animal meats, and they/hawk didn't seem to prefer anything. Next time I want a bird I'll skip the dogs all together though, and if you could find bird of prey eggs and hatch them in a later update I would lose my mind.
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