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One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby Dale Finch » Sat Apr 23, 2022 6:46 pm

We often hear the statement "one cub for each implement" to help justify owning numerous cubs. Well, here is one more reason...

I came out to the farm today to do some much-needed mowing. I have one cub at home in the garage with a Woods 59 mower, but it is down for now. That left 4 more here at the farm, but one has a fast hitch with a rear blade on it. That left 3 more tractors, 2 with Woods 42 belly mowers & one with a belly Mott Flail mower. I decided to use the Flail, but while doing my "preflight", I noticed a couple cute but unwelcomed guests :( :

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So I quietly replaced the cover, and went to the next tractor. But...yes, there was a wren nest there as well, though I couldn't see into the nest to confirm residents. :?
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So now, walking over to the last viable mowing candidate, I feared the worst. As I removed the sheet covering it, to my surprise and delight there was no nest in the engine!! It was close, though...a wren HAD been looking and thinking about setting up shop!! :roll: :lol:
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I managed to get a few good hours of mowing done, but my sister is planning on coming out tomorrow to have "dueling mowing"...guess we'll just have to take turns! :surrender:Wrens fledge in 12-18 days, so I guess a couple weeks before playing with the other cubs...sigh!!!
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Re: One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby SamsFarm » Sat Apr 23, 2022 7:19 pm

Time for a eviction notice!

Do that prior to your normally scheduled mowing, that way you can shred up the nesting marerials as you mow without having to make a special trip!

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Re: One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby Dale Finch » Sat Apr 23, 2022 7:37 pm

:shock: :(
Just can't do it...
Time to buy another cub, though!! I already have a spare 42 & 59!
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Re: One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby Barnyard » Sat Apr 23, 2022 8:54 pm

Dale Finch wrote::shock: :(
Just can't do it...
Time to buy another cub, though!! I already have a spare 42 & 59!

I’m downsizing. :lol:
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Re: One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby Super A » Sat Apr 23, 2022 9:03 pm

Little wrens are some of the most resourceful birds I know of. They'll build in some creative places! They eat a lot of bugs so I always go out of my way to leave them alone. They also love the hand crank hole on A/B/Cs, and they'll build too close to the exhaust pipe under the hood. Almost lost Granddaddy's Super A like that once.... :shock:

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Re: One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby Dale Finch » Sun Apr 24, 2022 8:09 am

Super A wrote:..... and they'll build too close to the exhaust pipe under the hood. Almost lost Granddaddy's Super A like that once.... :shock:

Al

Yes! At least with the cub, you can see the top of the head to ensure there's no nest there. A few years ago I posted photos of a near loss with MY Super A. I had quickly checked for nests around the radiator area, and proceeded to start it. I let it sit and "warm up", but a few minutes later, I saw smoke coming up from under the hood. A nest on top of the valve cover had caught fire! :shock:

I did get it out with fire extinguishers (keep them handy!), but it blistered the paint a little bit, and made a huge cleanup job!! :(
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Re: One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby wrz » Sun Apr 24, 2022 11:12 am

My grandfather hung an old winter coat out on the clothes line and before it was removed a wren made a nest in a pocket so he left it out on the line for the duration. They are a lot of fun to watch.
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Re: One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby Dale Finch » Sun Apr 24, 2022 11:40 am

wrz wrote:My grandfather hung an old winter coat out on the clothes line and before it was removed a wren made a nest in a pocket so he left it out on the line for the duration. They are a lot of fun to watch.
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TOTALLY agree!! I just hope my lone mowing cub doesn't have any problems before they fledge! Also, I hope I'm here when they do, so I can pull the nests before they start another brood!
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Re: One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby SamsFarm » Sun Apr 24, 2022 12:27 pm

They might just taste like chicken!

Or fresh eggs if you find the nest in time!

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Re: One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby SONNY » Mon Apr 25, 2022 11:35 am

Robins are the problem here!--gotta evict before I can use anything around here! The wrens have a couple fav. places out the way so they safe here!

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Re: One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby Tired_Iron » Mon Apr 25, 2022 12:59 pm

I put up a bat house in the backyard a few years ago and wrens moved in instead of bats. Let them be since bats weren't interested at the time. Cleaned it out in the fall and they haven't returned.

Robins are plentiful here and build nests in the most inconvenient places. They, however haven't perpetrated the tractor shed...yet...
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Re: One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby Greenthumbfarms » Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:16 pm

Dale, I do think that is a sign that you aren't getting enough seat time...
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Re: One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby ajhbike » Fri Apr 29, 2022 12:28 pm

Ha! A mourning dove built a nest on the steering wheel of my JD 3020...removed it...2 days later it was back and then it happened a 3rd time. She finally moved to my rolled up drop tarp at the mouth of the shed. I told her she can stay. I can grind, use the needle scrapers, air blast and she just sits there. She earned it.

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Re: One reason why you need more than one cub...!!

Postby ajhbike » Fri Apr 29, 2022 12:29 pm

I also have a wren nest in one of my fastener bins. She can stay too.


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