With a large fenced yard shrouded by plants though, I'm trying to work a way into getting some low key birds, mainly for pest control, eggs are not a necessity.
The birds must be able to hold their own against a large, though fat & lazy cat. Noise is the key concern, what with neighbors abound. What are some bird suggestions for this situation?
all those things can be multi functional
Quails seemed like a good size, how are they in regards to noise? Are some breeds noisier? Mating calls? ... Ect?
For that same reason it attracts many wild birds, but the regulars just don't cut it. In spring I must squash over a hundred caterpillars every week, and this is across only a small backyard area.
Back to the topic of small fowl; how noisy are Quails? Any other fowl suggestions?
Bear Edinoh wrote: Back to the topic of small fowl; how noisy are Quails? Any other fowl suggestions?
Domesticated fowl, if let loose to control caterpillars, will decimate your greens. THey're omnivores, after all. Unless you have at least... oh... 1/10th of an acre and a pond for ducks and don't mind replanting the tastier species?
Bear Edinoh wrote: Check & check. Many trees of all sizes, six ponds & two birdbaths. I've gone this route, the many small birds certainly provide assistance & they're just nice to have around, but they just don't keep the caterpillar population in check.
Then you don't have jaybirds. Mine are absolutely merciless -- we have nesting families that are just The Bane Of Caterpillars. Or you have mutant caterpillars. What kind of pests do you have, anyway? Help us with more information and we'll give you better answers.
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