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I have two new studio companions - Jack and Vera - a couple of young parrakeets or budgies. I haven't had birds for a very long time and at one point I used to breed birds of all sorts and had many from parrots down to finches.
There is an uneasy alliance between Tripod and the birds. He's curious and stares at them, but knows that he's not allowed to get close and he's at the point now where he can be left alone in the room with them and he simply goes to sleep in his bed and ignores them. I wouldn't trust him alone while no one was in the house at this point, but he's getting there.
Birds in the barn are another story where cats are concerned. Yesterday morning 70 day old turkeys were picked up and yesterday afternoon a black cat that keeps coming by decided they'd be good fare and killed 20 of them. Needless to say, no one is very pleased. This cat has been wandering around for the past year or more and he and Tripod have ongoing wars. He keeps going into the barn and even eats the duck feed out of their bowl. Usually mass killing like that is the signature of a mink or weasel, but there was none in the barn and if one were in hiding, the rest of the poults would have been killed by morning but none were.
The black cat turned up again this morning, sitting by the barn door waiting to go in and finish off some more poults. Trap for removal or shotgun is next in its fate. I'm an animal lover, but when they cause financial loss and livestock suffering, I am very happy to remove the intruder in one way or another. Straying animals, whether pets or abandoned, cause major problems in farming at many levels.