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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sweet potato up a tree...huh?

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Look right in the center of the picture. See the sweet potato?

Nope?
See it now?

I threw out a sweet potato for the hens. It keeps them occupied for a portion of the day where I can see them. They were enjoying it. The sweet potato was about nine inches long and weighed at least a pound. It had been out near the side porch for two days. Then, I went outside and it was no longer there. No problem. I opined silently that a squirrel made off with it and quickly forgot it. .

Several hours later, I was approaching the side door from the back yard. This sweet potato caught my eye...up in the tree. It is maybe twenty-feet high. That squirrel has one strong jaw. Last year, I spied an apple there, right in the same spot.

In order to take the picture I had to stand looking almost straight up, so it was difficult to be still and not sway, plus the wind was very strong.

From my 120 lbs of sweet potatoes, I share with the hens. They get a whole sweet potato to work on for about a week. Since I never buy them chicken food, they eat some of my sweet potatoes. When a potato looks funky and about to spoil, hens get it. If it is moldy (rarely), I won't give it to them.

That is a hickory nut tree in which the sweet potato is perched. Behind it is an oak tree. I think you can see a bit of the neighbor's house to the left of the picture.

When summer comes, food of any kind in the yard will just draw flies, so for now, I was enjoying watching them eat a vegetable that is very good for them.

Your turn
Do wild or domesticated animals carry food around your yard or up trees?

4 comments:

  1. I used to love King Vitamin cereal (forbidden as a child, eaten as an adult). Once I threw some stale leftover cereal into the yard near the bird feeder. Later I saw that someone had stuck a 'crown' or piece of my stale King Vitamin in a crack in a tree, to enjoy at a later date.

    I don't think King Vitamin is sold anymore, but it doesn't matter as I have improved my palette and moved on to better things

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  2. Trish, there are actually crowns in the cereal? How funny. I haven't heard of King Vitamin in ages. I often wonder if squirrels remember where they hide all those nuts. In a crack, I wonder if someone else might steal it. The remains of the sweet potato were elsewhere in the yard. Thanks for the story.

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  3. Hilarious! We havent had that problem...other than the squirrels picking strawberries off of my plants two years ago!

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  4. Oh, no. I wanted to plant strawberries. Now, I will have to protect them from squirrels....sigh.

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