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What will help keep rodents and predators away from my loft and aviary

post #1 of 7
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Hi I have lost 4 bob white quail and now 2 doves  we have tried a black box with poison trapping.

 

I was think of taking a radio and playing that along with spraying some colones or perfume around the perimeter of the aviary and loft/coop I have also hear that human hair and or used cat litter sprinkled around the perimeter helps -please any suggestions

post #2 of 7
Rats will take doves n quail I know from experience sadly.. Muscovy ducks, cats conditioned to loft/coop to not bother doves etc, or small jack Russell/chihuahua/mini weenie dog, as ratters are all effective. I have a loft cat and make scovy who love eating or killing rats for fun (scovy ducks naturally see threat of snakes rodents dogs cats etc same as lama are to sheep, and they are practically unable to make noise n are called land ducks by some who know most don't need more water than to stick neck down in n be able to scoop water out).
Otherwise you can set yet pee out over night then spread around perimeter.. Keeps coyote bear n dogs etc away, but not sure about weasel n rodents.
Edited by laughingdog - 10/20/15 at 2:30pm

keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by Tayten B View Post
 

Hi What will help keep rodents and predators away from my loft and aviary. I have lost 4 bob white quail and now 2 doves  .

 

 

Tin or ¼ inch hardware cloth security cage or Predator proof your enclosure with same. The predators are only doing what comes natural. Even it you kill off this crop another one is waiting in the wings at some point in the future.


Edited by Hokum Coco - 10/20/15 at 5:47pm

Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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thanks guys the out side already has 18 in of of 2 by 4 buried down and i live near a couple quarries and the ground is very rookie the underneath part of the loft is filled with extra rocks and has a ply wood barrier I don't know about ducks that seems like a good idea And I have thought about a loft or barn cat thanks very much

post #5 of 7
Pack rats n weasel burrow n move rocky soil good.

keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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post #6 of 7

You need to get rid of the food that is attracting the rats.  If there is nothing for them to eat they will go away.​

 

Keep bird feed in closed rat proof feed bins.

 

Brush up any spilled feed straight away.

 

Only feed your birds from proper bird feeders so the feed will not be scattered around on the ground.

 

Until the rats have gone only feed you birds 2 times a day and remove the feeders after each feeding so the rats can't come and eat it.

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Originally Posted by jak2002003 View Post
 

Only feed your birds from proper bird feeders so the feed will not be scattered around on the ground.

What I find even more beneficial is to only feed your birds in the morning and evening just what they can eat in 10 minutes or so. However with some pigeon fanciers  this is not practical I have to admit.

Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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