( Originally Published Early 1900's )
I SCARE-CROWS—How to Make.—Take two small, cheap mirrors, fasten then} back to back, attach a cord to and hang them to a pole. When the glass swings the sun's rays are reflected all over the field, even if it be a large one, and even the oldest and bravest crow will depart precipitately should one of its lightning flashes fall on him. [Good only while the sun shines.]
II. The second plait, although a terror to the crow, is especially well suited to fields subject to the inroads of small birds, and even chickens. It involves the artificial hawk, made from a large potato and long goose or turkey feathers. The maker can exercise his imitative skill in sticking the feathers into the potato so that they resemble the spread tail and wings of a hawk. It is astonishing what a ferocious looking bird of prey can be constructed from the above simple material. It only remains to hang the object from a tall, bent pole, and the wind will do the est. The bird will make swoons and dashes in the most threatening m Inner. Even the most inquisitive of venerable hens have been known to hurry rapidly from its dangerous vicinity, while to "small birds it carries unmixed dismay.-Scientific American.
Remarks.—Take a long potato, and if the boy takes a little pains, he can get up a good representation of a hawk; and the longer the string, the more flopping around there will be to frighten the hens from scratching up the corn. Crows, I hardly think, would be much frightened by this last plan A stuffed coat and pants would be better for them.
2. Another plan is to string a few kernels of corn on long horsehairs, and place about the corn fields. The crows will swallow some of them and make such a noise of alarm as to drive the others away, while he will continue to scratch his throat to get rid of the corn, or rather the hair, which is said to rid the field of them for the season. It is easily tried.
3. Hawks and Owls, Best Way to Catch.—Set a pole, 15 feet high, or thereabouts, in a place near where the chickens are kept, and fasten a steel trap on the top and set it, so that when they light on it which they will do, it takes them, " sure pop," every time.