Here the jills have just caught and killed yet another magpie. The birds are frequent visitors to the
enclosure, attracted by the chance to steal food. Instead they might end up as food themselves unless they're
The ferrets have eaten a good number of magpies over the years
without any ill effects, but I don't normally let them keep their catch.
I remove any bird as soon as I discover it since they are loaded with parasites and
possible diseases. Sometimes the feast is already over by the time I find out, and all that's left
is basically just the feathers. Most everything else is devoured. In the pic below, from another
magpie kill, the beak and part of the cranium were the only remains.