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Pigeon woes
« on: December 07, 2018, 06:00 PM »
Please - no death threats to birds :).  But I have a rather frustrating problem with a gang of 40 odd urban pigeons who've discovered the wealth of grit available to them in my bonsai pots & have thus been decimating it leaving some trees with roots exposed for a period of time until I disvoer the problem to fix it.  I've tried putting net covers on the pots but the birds are quite capable & smart enough to just pull it off regardless of weights etc.  So I've had to resolve to putting a light netting over pots on a shelf but still have some others more exposed.  In an effort to put them off bothering I opted to try a "solution" I read online somewhere - putting pepper or curry spices etc onto the net covers or directly onto the grit.

So now I'm just wanting to find out whether in my zeal to stop the birds killing the trees, if I'm maybe going to beat them to it by putting on something that could perhaps feasibly burn roots??

Ironically I like these birds - they otherwise can provide a bit of interest for me (I'm disabled & semi-housebound) but just at a rather high cost perhaps so I really want to discourage them rather than try to bump them off or use fake hawks etc as I don't want to deter other birds either.  But ultimately the trees have to come first.

Anyone any knowledge or info on it as a deterrent?

Leo in NE Illinois

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Re: Pigeon woes
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2019, 03:45 PM »
Try putting a pan or tray of grit out specifically for the pigeons. Put it in the center of an open space, where they can land without fear of ambush from the surrounding hedges. It might help.
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Re: Pigeon woes
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2019, 02:04 PM »
Rubber snake next to the pigeon's target tree?
Looked in my backyard last year and counted 6-7 different bird species rifling through the soil!!!
Not much you can do really, trying to connect with nature, not kill it!!!
Good luck and good health.