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#1 la di dah

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:27 PM

Can you hurt an Australian magpie by accidentally feeding it small pieces of tasty cheese?

I was TRYING to feed a starving feral cat.

The magpie loves me now, I think we might have to get married. Every time I step foot out of the unit, there he is.

The feral cat still hates me. It was hissing and hiding (but too tired to really run) meanwhile the magpie practically was telling me his life story and coming up to my feet.

#2 *Ker*

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:31 PM

Bahaha. You won't kill the maggie.

And what were you doing with ANOTHER STRAY? Don't you remember what happened last time you befriended a stray???


Bahaha. You won't kill the maggie.

And what were you doing with ANOTHER STRAY? Don't you remember what happened last time you befriended a stray???


#3 Sayerley

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:32 PM

A magpie stole a chicken nugget out of DD's hand when we were at the Zoo recently. She was very unimpressed.

#4 Redonk

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:34 PM

LOL life story! That's funny.

#5 mum2345

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:35 PM

QUOTE (la di dah @ 12/11/2012, 08:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can you hurt an Australian magpie by accidentally feeding it small pieces of tasty cheese?

I was TRYING to feed a starving feral cat.

The magpie loves me now, I think we might have to get married. Every time I step foot out of the unit, there he is.

The feral cat still hates me. It was hissing and hiding (but too tired to really run) meanwhile the magpie practically was telling me his life story and coming up to my feet.


What brand of tasty cheese was it?


#6 la di dah

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:35 PM

This feral lives outside our building and nowhere else. It's always on the lawn or in the driveway, usually asleep and looking ill. Manky coat, leaky eyes, looks like crap.

It was a kitten when we moved in and there were about 6 other cats including its mother that lived in the complex.

Two got hit by cars and several more were poisoned by the strata and this one is still alive but it hates people and there was an old man next door who used to put out water for it but he's either died or gone into a nursing home.

It hardly moves at all now, beyond avoiding the Crazy Lady (me) and some knowledge of cars.

I was shocked the magpie wasn't scared of it, but it so, so was not even sort of

#7 Frau Farbissina

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:37 PM

the juvenile magpies hanging around my garden that I thought were soooo cute are now less so. They keep on pulling out my marigold plants and going on the trampoline and pretending they can't get out (they can). There is now magpie poo all over the tramp. I don't know what the fascination with the marigolds is about. Maybe because their stalks are brown, they kind of look like worms.

I don't think the cheese will hurt your friend. You didn't force feed it - it made the decision to eat the cheese itself! And, you have probably ensured that this bird will never, ever swoop you.  original.gif

Edited by Frau Farbissina, 12 November 2012 - 08:38 PM.


#8 knittingkitten

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:38 PM

They'll be fine..as long as it wasn't processed cheese wink.gif

#9 la di dah

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:38 PM

QUOTE (mum2345 @ 12/11/2012, 09:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What brand of tasty cheese was it?


Aldi. Inferior cheese. wink.gif

#10 mum2345

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:41 PM

QUOTE (la di dah @ 12/11/2012, 08:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Aldi. Inferior cheese. wink.gif


In that case I do have some concerns for the magpie's health.  If it had been Bega brand then maybe it would be OK.  wink.gif

#11 GreenEgg

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:52 PM

That is the funniest thing I have heard all day!

(And Google said it is OK)

#12 No-pants Agnodice

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:56 PM

QUOTE (la di dah @ 12/11/2012, 09:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The magpie loves me now, I think we might have to get married. Every time I step foot out of the unit, there he is.


And I thought WE were in love... Are you cheating on me with a magpie?!

#13 wilding

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:57 PM

I dunno, but mine are hooked on cheese balls (cheetos)  unsure.gif

#14 CallMeFeral

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:00 PM

I'm so jealous. I've been trying to lure the local magpies to take up residence in our garden, I love magpies. But they've just been using me for my food, only visiting every 4 days or so. I've pulled out all stops, got them mince, spaghetti bologniase (they like it), beef sausages - way better than the dry bread the laurikeets get. But still - nada.
I'd forgotten about cheese though... thanks for reminding me... might add that to my arsenal - wish me luck!

When we first moved into our house we had 5 adolescent magpies hanging out here - they were hilarious - I dream of returning to those days.
Here's a really bad video of them at it - so sad that by the time I got a real video camera they were grown up and moved away  cry1.gif http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vzk8immskc

ETA. You know, on rewatching that video it really was only a mother's (garden owner's?) love that could have made me think that that video was remotely interesting and did even the slightest bit of justice to how funny they were...

Edited by CallMeAliG, 12 November 2012 - 09:02 PM.


#15 *LucyE*

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:02 PM

'Our' magpies eat the dog's dry food and last summer, my citronella candles. They are all stil fit and noisy as ever with glorious glossy coats and clean teeth (or should that be beaks?).

I'm so accustomed to loving, friendly magpies that it was a shock to be swooped on by some strange ones in a park. It was our first and last trip to that park.

#16 Feral_Pooks

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:02 PM

At least it wasn't yoghurt.

You could try sushi?

#17 la di dah

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:08 PM

QUOTE (MsN @ 12/11/2012, 09:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And I thought WE were in love... Are you cheating on me with a magpie?!

Aw, don't be like that, baby... I brought you some cheese.

We have galahs, who are the adorable-est, and cockatoos, and two magpies, a young one and an older one.

I thought the video was cute. Ours wasn't THAT happy, he's just very self-assured and walks right up to you.

But galahs are the CUTESTESTEST birds ever. I squeed like a child the first time I saw a galah out here, and again when I realized we'd moved into a place where they'd hang out on the lawn.



#18 No-pants Agnodice

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:13 PM

QUOTE (la di dah @ 12/11/2012, 09:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Aw, don't be like that, baby... I brought you some cheese.


As long as its a nice goopy Brie, then that's ok! Mightn't want to give the magpie that though - it might gummy up his beak!

#19 Feral timtam

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:16 PM

Want to swap feathered menaces? I've got 2 dozen rainbow lorikeets that absolutely adore me mad.gif Noisy feathered monsters that aren't even deterred by the half hourly bowling by a dog that thinks they are flying tennis balls.

Magpies make less of a mess on the washing and have the added benefit of scaring the daylights out of roving JW's biggrin.gif

#20 missy78

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:18 PM

Lol, Bega make the Aldi cheese.

#21 *CalamityJane*

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:19 PM

The ones in our local park are rather fond of sausage rolls.  Cheeky sods will happily sit on your lap to share your picnic  cool.gif .

#22 mum2345

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:27 PM

QUOTE (missy78 @ 12/11/2012, 09:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lol, Bega make the Aldi cheese.


Clearly I don't know my tasty cheese that well.  Back to cheese school for me.


#23 noi'mnot

Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:12 AM

I love magpies! I'm putting this technique into my arsenal for befriending the local ones when they come to play in my yard! original.gif

Edited by noi'mnot, 13 November 2012 - 08:13 AM.


#24 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:41 AM

Bega make woolies homebrand cheese too... original.gif

LDD, sounds like poor kitty is pretty sick sad.gif What are you planning to do with it if you catch it?

#25 la di dah

Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:23 AM

QUOTE (PussyDids @ 13/11/2012, 09:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bega make woolies homebrand cheese too... original.gif

LDD, sounds like poor kitty is pretty sick sad.gif What are you planning to do with it if you catch it?

I don't know. At the moment I would like if it could eat a kibble without choking or sort of gagging it up then having a second or third go at it. Ideally-ideally I could at least have it desexed.

I don't want to feel like I literally left it to die in my front yard just because the old man ex-next-door can't feed it anymore. I know someone who "converted" a feral to a tame housecat but it took her literally years. I don't know if it was true second-gen feral like this one or just abandoned and sketchy though.

At the moment it hates me and wishes I would die so probably whatever I do can't further ruin its impressions of humanity.

The magpie, on the other hand, is nearly to the stage of letting me give it pats.  wacko.gif




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