I tried lemon tonight. I grabbed two off the tree in the front yard and brought them to the patio door. The patio is concrete and the first place they started to peck was the corner of the wood siding, right next to the glass sliding door. ( I have pavers put up against the corners so they cannot get around them to the wood and caulking for the time being) When Plouffe saw me holding the lemons she made the most fuss I have ever heard from her. She took one look at the lemons and ran away clucking, most upset with me. In her defense they are HUGE lemons...as huge as lemons get.
Furbush was not impressed with the yellow objects. I cut one in half and started to smear it all over the corner. I have picked this corner as the testing ground. She not only started to peck the corner, but tried to take half the lemon out of my hand. I didn't give her any, but lemon is right out! So, for now I put the paver back against the house. After this they both got back together, discussed how to upset me some more, and moved a few feet down to start pecking there...I eventually had to put them back in their run. I will try Vaseline tomorrow, at this point why not!
On another note my dog hates lemons and the lemon juice. He took one sniff of it and went to the other side of the yard, barking. So, if you don't want a dog to chew your wood siding I believe I found the solution!
The caulking is painted over, the same color as the rest of the siding. Which is why I'm shocked they can hunt it out so precisely. They have a taste for it! We bought this house as is and we painted over everything we could! The paint had not been changed since the 70s the neighbors informed us after praising our color choice. They were as happy as us with the change.
I will take a few pictures tomorrow of some of the damage and them in the act if I can. You can hear them pecking at the walls from inside, you open the door and they start pecking at the ground like they have done NOTHING wrong...I know better! As my husband says they are being jerks, cute jerks, but jerks nonetheless. I did inform the husband we would probably have to buy some sort of barrier and he gave me the stink eye... but didn't complain, yet. I will look into the gutter guard!! Thanks for the helpful tips and advice! I will keep you all updated!
The threat of a chicken patty. I told Furbush this is what happens to bad lady birds. She didn't seem overly concerned.