I got to mow in front of the house and never saw a feather or a head. So, even though they are not big fans of the mower she was OK as long as I maintained the distance I did. Don't know why they don't like the mower, they used to get in the way of the tractor all of the time going after bugs that got kicked up. Could is the operative word. I won't mess with most of the plumbing anymore either. I guess truth be told, I've got enough on my plate not adding that into the mix too.