Pigeon problem

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by horsechick, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. horsechick

    horsechick Songster

    Nov 14, 2007
    Eaton, Ohio
    Thought I'd try here as well with this problem, we have an old barn and pigeons galore. We have tried everything to get rid of them.
    Plastic owls- they are a joke, the pigeons get used to them in no time, just poop on them,
    plastic snakes, they scoff at them,
    cats, we have 7, they don't catch them, I told kids to stop feeding them so good, and quit buying cat food too see if it'd be more of an incentive to catching the birds. (they all look neutered they are so fat from being fed good, defeats purpose of having)
    BB gun, works but you only get 1-3 at a time (they learn the sound and take off but are back in 15 min.) and when you have probably 100 its useless, they replace themselves easily. (as soon as some are gone they put an add in the pigeon condo classifieds and the extra space is quickly rented, =])
    Shotgun, runs them off for 15-30 min. they are back...
    Have heard of companies using netting, contact ag. dept. and see what their suggestions are, that's where we're at, these birds are a horrible nuisance.
    Does anyone have any suggestions on getting rid of them?
  2. packrat

    packrat Hatching

    Nov 7, 2007
    Westfork, Ar.
    Horsechick, You might want to check out this site. You can ether by a trap or look at the pics and build your own ( not too hard and they work great ) Hope this helps.


  3. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    I've read that soaking kernels of corn with hard liquor and spreading them about to be eaten by the pigeons will, when scarfed down, cause those birdies to become so besotted that they fall to the ground, where they can be gathered up and dispatched of by whatever means one desires.

    If the method itself fails, one would still be able to drown one's frustration...
  4. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    How old are the kids? If they are old enough and responsible enough to handle bb guns they may have alot more patience. They may even make a game out of it. A couple of youngsters will certainly thin the population if they each have a bb gun.
  5. horsechick

    horsechick Songster

    Nov 14, 2007
    Eaton, Ohio
    Thanks all,
    Only one old enough to use bb gun and it really doesn't put a dent in them.
    I'd need a camp of bb yielding kids to get it done, LOL!
    Still looking for answers,
    THanks for the suggestions!
  6. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Wait til after dark to go after them with a shotgun and spot light. .
    Pigeons roost like any other bird. If you have a pump action or semi auto, take out the plug so you can fill it with 5 to 8 rounds. A good shot could probably take down 30 to 40 birds a night. You'll either have the problem taken care of in 2 or 3 nights or they'll relocate.
  7. Jyrrah

    Jyrrah In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2007
    Well this is going to sound like a bad idea but hear me out. When we have bird problems up here we use two methods. Either get a R/C helicopter and chase them away (works for a little bit but they eventually come back) or find your local falconry club. If you ask a falconer to come out with thier bird you can generally make the pidgeons go away for good. Just like you hate it when a hawk finds your coop and starts hanging out for the free food, pidgeons hate hanging around a known location for hawks. This is one of the methods they use for the malls up here when the bird population gets out of hand. This is especially effective if you use it close to the birds roosting time. If its not a safe place to sleep they move on to greener pastures.
  8. NS2A

    NS2A Songster

    Jun 11, 2007
    Is there a neighbor around who'd enjoy taking care of your problem? I mean, I'd swing by a place in the morning and at night when I was younger and shoot pests for farmers - gophers and such. Usually if you give a younger guy ammo, he'll do it. Heck, I'd do it now it now if it was on the way home from work!
  9. chickenman7

    chickenman7 Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    does anyone a cock pigeon for sale or givaway?Pigeon are my favorite birds!!
  10. chickenman7

    chickenman7 Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    Yahoo mesenger:petplace7

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