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  1. pookshollow

    pookshollow Pook's Hollow

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    I don't know what is doing it, but something keeps coming into my barn and delivering . . . pinecones! Usually in the goats' waterbuckets. :shrug: Could it be rats? I'm pretty sure we don't have squirrels as we're surrounded by open pasture. I don't think we have any neighbours with a strange sense of humour.

    " 'Curiouser and curiouser' said Alice." :p
     
  2. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Well-Known Member

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    That's cute!

    Chipmunks maybe? My friend lived in an open area and always had chipmunks.

    Or maybe the goats are doing it. :shrug: :p
     

  3. pookshollow

    pookshollow Pook's Hollow

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    We haven't seen any chipmunks - and these are biiig pinecones! I'm pretty sure it isn't the goats - unless they've learned to get in and out of their stalls. :grump:

    We've got lots and lots of rabbits - but I can't imagine them going into the barn. The pinecones are up by the house. :shrug:
     
  4. OD

    OD Well-Known Member

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    Racoons? They like to wash their food. Maybe there is something in the pine cones that they are washing out & eating. Some kind of bug or worm?
     
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    pookshollow Pook's Hollow

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    No, I don't think it's raccoons - this is happening during the daytime, and the stalls are enclosed with bars on them (mostly - old horse stalls converted for goats). I haven't seen any raccoons around here, at least not up by the house and barn. Just wabbits. :p
     
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    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Bugs Bunny is probably sitting in his wabbit hole laughing at you right now!
     
  7. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Well-Known Member

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    Pooks do you have a video camera...? :p
    I'm just dieing of curiousity now!
     
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    pookshollow Pook's Hollow

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    No, no video camera - but it would be interesting to find out, wouldn't it? I doubt it's the same critter that abducted the goslings (out from under the goose, at night, in the barn, with the gander right there :grump: ). Hey, maybe that's the answer - shape-changing aliens! :p
     
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    donsgal Nohoa Homestead

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    Hey OD - Chupacabras!!!!!!!!

    LOL sorry, I couldn't help myself.

    donsgal
     
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    insanity Well-Known Member

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    got any neighbors with kids?
     
  11. Farmer Wife

    Farmer Wife New Member

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    Raccoons, do build nests/hovel, using any dry vegetation.
     
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    sure sounds like little green aliens! :angel: :cool: most abductions of young poultry, eggs and placing of pine cones round here are the norway version of green aliens :flame: rat trap in a cage the kittys can't get through may bring your alien too light. where theres one theres hundreds!
     
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    BrahmaMama Well-Known Member

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    I've seen my ducks take leaves and such and dip it in the water bowl...would geese do something like that?

    Although now you've got me wondering about wood sprites...... :p

    Oooooh, I love a good mystery!!! :cool:
     
  14. A.T. Hagan

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    The only thing that I know of that eats pine cones, around here at least, are squirrels.

    Why they'd put them in water is a mystery to me.

    .....Alan.
     
  15. OD

    OD Well-Known Member

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    Could be. I think they usually leave something (such as a pinecone) to pay for the goat they ate. :D
    Any goats missing, pookshollow?
    No, wait, it's not chupacabras that do that.....it's bigfoot.
     
  16. Windy in Kansas

    Windy in Kansas In Remembrance

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    Johnny Appleseed is pre-soaking the pine cone seed before planting them.
    I'm sure that he would have asked permission first, but you know how busy he must be.
     
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    I gert them in my nest boxes in the chickenhouse, Theyll load the thing up. Dont know if they do it night or day, I would have thought night. I dont have any pine trees within 300ft, but whatever it is has used branche 12in therebouts long and 2in dia, SAo I have no doubt theyed handle a pinecone if it was close enough. Ive trapped one and my cats caught one. Trapping is nearly usless since they push the sticks ahead of them and spring the traps
     
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    I'm suprised no one else has brought this up........if you have no trees, how do you come to have pine cones?

    Sounds like red squirrels....
     
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    Flying squrrels?
     
  20. pookshollow

    pookshollow Pook's Hollow

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    Oh, we have trees - just around the house, and then some along the roadway at the front of the property, but other than that it's just pasture, and quite a long way for a squirrel to traverse open ground.

    Packrats? I don't think we have them up here. Geese? I've never seen them pick up anything that big, and they can't get into the barn at the moment, anyway.

    I'm sticking with rats with a sense of humour, or shape-changing aliens. No kids young enough or near enough.

    What's a chupacabra? :shrug: