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Ungulates, to start with.
Livestock can suffer mineral deficiency when relying solely on uptake from forage. Can effect hoof growth, weight gain, and natural development of antlers and horns. There are natural salt/mineral licks. Some commercial blocks are straight salt, others combined minerals. There are wildlife feed blocs for deer and quail.

Worked in Alaska as a lineman. The base of utility poles showed chewed areas surrounding the base. Snowshoe hares were attracted to the salt. The poles came from Oregon and Washington and were rafted together and transported in the ocean to Alaska. The combination of creosote and saltwater made some as hard as iron to climb. Ofttimes the chewed area was a couple feet off the ground, at snow depth rather than actually at ground level.
 
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Was down at the family cabin last couple of days and my dad and I went to go visit the elderly widow that lived nearby. We bought our land from her and her late husband back in the 80's.

She had rescued a baby starling a few months prior and named him Fred. He's completely tame now and a bit of a jerk, but interesting to interact with.

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Was down at the family cabin last couple of days and my dad and I went to go visit the elderly widow that lived nearby. We bought our land from her and her late husband back in the 80's.

She had rescued a baby starling a few months prior and named him Fred. He's completely tame now and a bit of a jerk, but interesting to interact with.

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Man o man, that is like rescuing a baby rat. Starlings (am invasive species) do many millions of dollars in damage to crops every year in the us, damage buildings, are well known for carrying and spreading disease (including diseases harmful to humans), and do very significant damage to native bird species. I would put that thing down ASAP!
 
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Man o man, that is like rescuing a baby rat. Starlings (am invasive species) do many millions of dollars in damage to crops every year in the us, damage buildings, are well known for carrying and spreading disease (including diseases harmful to humans), and do very significant damage to native bird species. I would put that thing down ASAP!
She thought she was rescuing a baby Robin, but turns out the starlings had thrown out the Robin's eggs and left their own to be raised by Robins. Apparently a common thing.

Oddly enough, Fred shows no desire to go back to the wild and doesn't even like to be out of his cage. True welfare bird.
 
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