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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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PAgirl63
Jan 11, 2015 5:38 PM CST
Very nice photos. I live in northeast PA, and my yard looks a lot like yours. You feed birds, and we feed the deer. We have quite a few small herds visiting different times of the day. This year we have 3 big bucks along with does and younger deer. Winter is so hard on the wildlife. We just try to help them along til the weather warms up in the spring.

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Well, stay warm.

Janie

Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jan 12, 2015 1:33 PM CST
Great shot , he is a beauty.

What do you feed the deer except your garden? Smiling
We have deer over the hill but they rarely come up top because of our dog.The bottom wilderness acreage is along a creek and the wild creatures use it as a corridor to get around in this farm country where everything is beans or corn Rolling my eyes.


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three fresh inches last night.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
The "Garden" is my Happy Place!
Garden Ideas: Master Level
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PAgirl63
Jan 12, 2015 6:29 PM CST
We feed the deer cracked corn. We buy 50 pound bags from Tractor Supply, or Walmart, if they have it. We keep a large bucket full right next to the sliding glass door in the kitchen. We have a large plastic cup that we use to scoop out the corn. We just dump some in a few piles and the deer come up and eat. For awhile, the larger bucks and does, were chasing off the smaller deer and wouldn't let them eat. So, now we make sure the piles are pretty far apart from each other. We set out food for them twice a day.

We also feed them stale bread, apples that are getting soft, and sometimes even old lettuce or veggies that we won't eat. So far so good.

We started out feeding the birds, too - but the deer would just eat the seed right out of the feeders. It became pointless so we stopped. Shrug!

We actually got into the 30's today, with a snow, sleet, and then rain mix. Supposed to get cold again for a few days (teens as the high) and then back into the 30's again toward the end of the week. Yay! A mini heatwave! Hurray!

Heck, I'm happy when the sun shines! nodding

Jane

Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jan 12, 2015 8:07 PM CST
When I lived in Michigan the hunters use to bait the deer with sugar beets, I guess it was the cheapest thing to just dump and leave.

We had above temps yesterday for two hours then the Ice sleet and snow.

Cute little avatar you have there whats his/her name?

I have 4 cats that drive me crazy in the winter because they are all inside. They go out most the time the other seasons but are smart enough to want in when it is cold. I love them but they don't get along so there is always little scuffles going on and the (litter-box thing Rolling my eyes. ) , every one is glad to see spring.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
The "Garden" is my Happy Place!
Garden Ideas: Master Level
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PAgirl63
Jan 15, 2015 7:38 PM CST
Hi gardengus,

Hope you're staying warm. It's been cold here, but better than in the past few days. Less wind. No snow, or sleet, or ice or ..... you know!

I am so looking forward to spring. I recently changed my screen savor photo on my PC. It's a shot of my little front garden walkway garden filled with blooming daffodils and bleeding hearts from last spring. When I look at it, I keep thinking soon, soon .... Sighing!

You asked about my avatar? His name is Patch. He'll be 2 in February. He's a sweetheart. Hubby and I decided about a month ago to get another kitty. Patch's companion, Dixie, died this past August. She was 14. He really could use some company, and we love cats! We been visiting pet shelters recently looking for kittens, but they tend to get adopted pretty fast. Shelters have many cats for adoption that are 2 years or even older in age, but we felt that adopting an older cat would not be an easy transition for either the new cat, or Patch. We figured a kitten around 6-7 months old would be a much better choice. Less stressful for all. At the beginning, we know there will be hissy fits galore, but after awhile, things should settle down. Then hopefully, Patch and the "kitty" will be best buds!

Well, stay warm and think "Spring". Smiling
Jane

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