Did you know that chickens have image stabilized heads. It’s true! It’s actually called the vestibulo-ocular reflex. Naturally (and… nerdily?) people started suggesting that someone should try making a steadicam using a chicken. Well, YouTube user Destin actually went ahead and did it… The results can be seen in the video below.
The problem is so bad in Radnor Township that one of the ball fields has been dubbed “Goose Poop Field.”
As they have all over the region, geese have been fouling the fields, lakes, parks, and grassy lawns of housing developments in the wealthy Delaware County community, prompting residents to request action.
Radnor officials say they may have a partial solution to the “rodents with wings”: mute swans.
The township is considering deploying the swans at the Willows Park, a 47-acre former estate off Darby-Paoli Road.
A memo from Stephen F. Norcini, director of public works, concluded that the swans, known to act aggressively toward other winged creatures, were “a reliable way to control a pond’s Canadian goose population around the clock.”
Actually, they are Canada geese. Not that they have to pass through customs; they are members of the nonmigratory species Branta canadensis maxima.
Norcini did not return calls seeking comment.
The memo proposed to purchase two of the graceful white birds from a breeder near Harrisburg for $1,000 and build a $500 island at the pond at the park. The swans also would “add beauty and excitement” to the area, the memo said.
“Noooo, bad idea,” said Barbara Avers, a waterfowl and wetland specialist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, where swans have proved to be a growing threat to native animals, habitat, and people.
She said the township might be trading one problem for another. As Michigan’s population of the white swans increased, so did the complaints.
Avers said the swans will feed on vegetation important for native species and can quickly alter the wetlands ecosystem, affecting native birds, fish, frogs, and turtles.
Mute swans are nonnative, invasive, and extremely aggressive to people, Avers said, especially when guarding their nests or young.
Myriad swan attacks appear on YouTube, including one that shows a bride trying to flee with an irate swan firmly attached to the back of her dress. (see video below)
In April 2012 an Illinois man working for a company that used the birds to deter geese drowned after he was attacked by a pair of nesting swans when his kayak toppled.
Last year, Pennsylvania’s goose population was estimated at 220,000 and growing, along with droppings.
“We created our own problem,” said John Dunn, chief of game management for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
In the 1930s, nonmigratory “giant” Canada geese – native to Indiana and Illinois – were introduced to Pennsylvania for hunting and to bolster the dwindling migratory flocks, Dunn said.
Humane methods for goose control include loud noises, installing cutouts or blowups of natural predators, applying repellents to lawns, and nest and egg destruction. Landscape techniques have been effective: Geese love short well-kept lawns, but shy away from long grassy areas where they can’t see.
Another option is the border collie.
“We are crazy busy,” said Brandon Schaaf of Langhorne-based Geese Management. “This always works.”
The company employs 17 border collies that chase birds in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. “They want to herd, not hurt,” Schaaf said.
Schaaf said he had contracts with about 20 locations where swans and geese coexisting on the sites.
As for using swans for goose control, Elaine Schaefer, president of the Radnor Board of Commissioners, said she was unaware of problems. While the memo outlined the pros of using the birds, she said more study and public comment were needed.
“We are trying to get away from that,” said Mayor Dominic Persampiere, while acknowledging that “the community still identifies with” the chickens, which have their own Facebook and web pages, well as a YouTube video.
A roaming rooster never was an official symbol of the town, but the plucky fowl has insistently shown up in marketing for various events as if it were. The City Council wants to re-brand the town with a promotional logo and slogan that better reflects what Oviedo is today and what it wants to be tomorrow.
While the official Oviedo logo does not include a chicken, it’s equally dated, officials say. It features a riverboat, orange and stalk of celery — long gone references to Oviedo’s agricultural past.
Over the past 40 years Oviedo has grown from a rural crossroads to a busy Orlando suburb. Officials envision a self contained city with a series of dense, urban cores that are a mix of residential and commercial uses.
Chickens simply do not fit into the plan, Persampiere says.
Still, some council members are hesitant to dump the chicken, which has been a catchy device even if it does not send the desired message.
Council member Keith Britton suggests the chicken could be worked into a new logo if it were updated.
“Take that chicken and give it some attitude,” Britton suggested. “Maybe a chicken on steroids.”
But other council members seemed less enthusiastic about building Oviedo’s image on a chicken.
The city has hired Technetium, an Orlando branding firm, to come up with a new logo for the town. So far none of its suggestions has impressed the Council. The latest: A large “O” that officials said seemed empty.
Two buddies out for a quail hunt in Texas got the surprise of their life when one lucky man managed to catch the small bird with his bare hand.
Pastor Matt Carter was enjoying some guy time with his friend, NFL quarterback Colt McCoy, when the astonishing episode occurred.
Video of the amazing feat has exploded on the web and has been viewed over 85,000 times on YouTube since it was uploaded to the site on Monday.Divine instinct: Pastor Matt Carter was out for a quail hunt when the bird approached and he simply reached out his hand for the catchBeyond belief: Dressed in his hunting gear and with his double-barrel shotgun in one hand, the minister managed to catch the quail by simply reaching out his handVictory is mine: The Austin pastor raised his hand in triumph, with a smile of satisfaction at his clever catch
Pastor Carter, who founded the Austin Stone Community Church, explained how the awesome incident happened by chance while he and McCoy, the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, were taping a video as part of their curriculum for their men’s Bible Study, The Real Win: A Man’s Quest for Authentic Success.
The duo had a film crew capturing footage of them explaining their curriculum while in the great Texas outdoors, when Carter couldn’t help but seize the moment when the opportunity presented itself.
The minister was dressed in jeans, a tan hunting shirt, bright orange vest and a camo baseball hat as he strolled along an open field near Austin.
With his double-barrel shotgun upright and perched against his shoulder, the man wasn’t ready to aim and fire but when the quail approached, the quick thinking man simply reached out his hand and caught the bird in his grasp.Nice one: The pastor’s hunting partner, NFL quarterback Colt McCoy laughed in astonishment at his friend’s amazing encounter with natureMale bonding: Carter was out with the NFL player to capture footage of the pair together for the men’s Bible Study they co-authored, The Real Win: A Man’s Quest for Authentic SuccessThe hunted: The quail looked calm as it rested in the minister’s hand. Its unknown if the bird fell prey to the hunters or if it was released into the wild
The video was uploaded to YouTube on Monday and took the web by storm.
But skeptics took to the video channel to voice their disbelief, posting comments to the clip’s homepage.
‘I think this is fake. A bird wouldn’t just fly near you and if they did they’d glide fast and high,’ one user wrote in a comment.
But the man of God insisted that the bird encounter was not staged.
‘It’s been funny reading people’s comments. They think its fake. It’s random but it really happened …I can’t believe I caught it either…happened really fast,’ he wrote on his Twitter account, to his more than 28,000 followers.
‘As a hunter…The older you get, the more anointing and favor the Lord shows you,’ he added.
A couple of tom turkeys are terrorizing folks in Frederick, Massachusetts in the USA are harassing church-goers, drivers inside their cars, and cyclists.
People are keeping a wary eye on Opossomtown Pike for the gobbling, pecking and scratching animals.
“My camera clicked,” says Wilcox. “And they both turned their heads turned my way and it was kind of like slow motion, they turned toward me and I started running in slow motion toward me.”
Wilcox says they were like the velociraptors in Jurassic Park.
“I haven’t run that fast in years.”
The turkeys are even attacking cars on Opossomtown Pike. One guy says he was sitting in the drivers seat when the two toms jumped up on his hood and started pecking at the windshield with their beaks and slashing at them with their spurs.
Turns out wild turkeys are plenty territorial, and if you search YouTube, you will find all kinds of video of them attacking people.
Meg took refuge on top of a play set. “She was safe up there,” says her mom. “You know they can fly?” “Don’t tell my daughter!”
Despite their nervousness, church members now feel they to protect the turkeys, especially considering their motto. “Whoever you are or wherever you are in life’s journey, you are welcome here. Now we welcome turkeys,” says Pastor Penick.
Spring turkey hunting season in Maryland starts in less than a month. And if those toms keep acting the way they’re acting, they’re SITTING DUCKS!
Here at The Natural Poultry Guide, we are always thrilled to find someone who loves poultry as much as we do. Not only that, but someone who treats animals with great care and compassion and can show us techniques and ideas we may not have thought of before. Recently we found the TV host, author and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith who has a channel on YouTube called Farm Raised which looks at all kinds of animals and poultry on his farm Allen’s Garden Home Retreat. In this great video, he tells us about trying to separate laying geese to ensure that all eggs hatch and none are left out in the cold.
“You know I have always loved geese, I don’t know what it is, ever since I was a little kid. Nothing cuter than a gosling. And we have three different types of geese here. We have these big French Dulap Toulouse, some Pomeranian. I like the Dulap Toulouse because they’re so big and massive, the ganders can weigh anything up to 38 to 40 pounds. And then you have the Pomeranians which are, I just like their colour pattern, that grey and white, they look like good old Holstein cows. And you have this breed here which is a Sebastapol, which comes from Russia on the Baltic, and their curly feathers from the curly feather gene.”
“So What we’re doing here, the problem is that in the past we’ve hatched eggs in the incubator and that’s been ok. But the mothers hatch them so much better than I’ve had success with the incubator. So what I’ve been trying to do, as a mother gets broody, when a mother gets ready to start sitting on a clutch of eggs, it takes 30 – 32 days to hatch a goose egg. What can happen is other geese will go, ‘hey I’m gonna lay eggs in this gooses nest, so she may already have 5 or 6 eggs in her clutch that she’s been sitting on for 18 days, then look, here comes another goose and lays a couple of eggs and she continues to sit on those, and so what happens is the embryos are at different stages of development, so that first clutch of eggs that she laid, that were already 18 days old once the other eggs got laid, well they’re gonna hatch first, while the rest of the eggs remaining will just die.”
“So what I try to do is, when a goose begins to get broody and sit on a clutch of eggs, we try to close her off so other geese can’t get in there and lay eggs. And so what I’ve done, I’ve tried several different things. With one of them, I put a board up across there. Once they get really broody, they wanna stay there on that nest, then they’re not gonna move. So now what I’m doing, I’m trying something different. I’m using wire across the front and i find a broody goose, what I’m doing is I’m gonna just ease in there and try to allow her to let me put a wire fence across, mainly to keep other geese out. She can still come out from under it, but other geese couldn’t push in to her nest. And just put her a bowl of water there, because they don’t really eat or drink during this period. So that’s the plan. There’s nothing cuter than seeing a mother goose and father goose and a whole little flock or brood of goslings following along behind them.’
“So lets hope that I’m successful, allowing a family of geese to hatch their own babies.”