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  • how to get pigeons out of the indoor ring

    Any idea??? Apparently they came last year looking for their summer last year. Now they are here to say. We do have plastic owl that we move around, but they seem unimpressed. Trying to find some way to get rid of them without poison as we don't want the cats getting hold of the dead birds.

  • #2
    Bird spikes on any and all surfaces where they can sit. The eaves especially.

    I'm always amazed at the outdoor CostCo food court when there are very few pigeons, then I saw the bird spikes everywhere.

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    • #3
      knock down all nests, cover all nesting possibilities, use the spikes, too.
      Originally posted by BigMama1
      Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
      GNU Terry Prachett

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      • #4
        I had a lot of fun recently relocating some pain in the butt sparrows out of my barn.
        Not all of them because there were still 2 nests in the eaves that have little ones in them and didn't want to run the moms out and leave them to starve. But got rid of the rest that were living in there and had grown babies and the males.
        Borrowed my nephew's little toy remote control helicopter and chased them out repeatedly. FUN toys...they cost $30!
        The ones I've chased out haven't come back so far (couple weeks now I think) and as soon as the last sets of babies start flying the rest are getting the same treatment!
        You jump in the saddle,
        Hold onto the bridle!
        Jump in the line!
        ...Belefonte

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          #5
          I 've thought about getting one of the higher powered water guns to squirt them.
          The BO has been pulling down nests just about every day. They had the spikes that had some type of repellant in them that worked for years, but they haven't been able to find them since they took over the barn.
          They are driving me crazy since they seem to love to dive bomb horses and scare the crao out of them!! At least the swallows, etc just fly in and out - that we can deal with.

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          • #6
            Encourage a hawk to move in

            Does wonders for removing the unwanted bird population
            -Jessica

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
              I had a lot of fun recently relocating some pain in the butt sparrows out of my barn.
              Not all of them because there were still 2 nests in the eaves that have little ones in them and didn't want to run the moms out and leave them to starve. But got rid of the rest that were living in there and had grown babies and the males.
              Borrowed my nephew's little toy remote control helicopter and chased them out repeatedly. FUN toys...they cost $30!
              The ones I've chased out haven't come back so far (couple weeks now I think) and as soon as the last sets of babies start flying the rest are getting the same treatment!

              LOL, I figured you had multicolored sparrows by now....covered in every color known to paintballers...
              Originally posted by BigMama1
              Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
              GNU Terry Prachett

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              • #8
                Nah, paintballs on small birds cause paint splatters and bird splatters.
                I might hate those nasty sparrows, but I'm trying to move them on without killing them if possible.

                Plus the little helicopter toy is a hella lotta fun. Even more fun than when I use the leafblower to move birds out of the barn!

                I have found out that I'm not the world's greatest pilot though. Sad considering this is a child's toy, it isn't that hard to operate. Supposedly.
                You jump in the saddle,
                Hold onto the bridle!
                Jump in the line!
                ...Belefonte

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                • #9
                  LOL, they are not that easy to navigate, but it's true, a heck of a lot of fun!
                  Originally posted by BigMama1
                  Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                  GNU Terry Prachett

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                  • #10
                    I crashed mine into smithereens on the first go
                    "The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF

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                    • #11
                      We used to invite the local raptor fanciers to bring their various birding hawks and hunt them in the indoor and around the corn cribs. The hawk fanciers were thrilled to have good hunting, the hawks were happy to take out the pigeons and starlings, and we were excited to watch the hunting and enjoy the reduced population of birdies.
                      Eileen
                      http://themaresnest.us

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AppJumpr08 View Post
                        Encourage a hawk to move in

                        Does wonders for removing the unwanted bird population
                        A barn I boarded at years ago had an indoor with big sliding doors that used to stay open during the day and we rolled them closed at night. We had a falcon get in the barn one day and couldn't figure out how to get out. The doors got closed as usual and the next morning there were piles of feathers on the ground and one full falcon. The falcon figured out how to get out that day.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JetsBuddy View Post
                          A barn I boarded at years ago had an indoor with big sliding doors that used to stay open during the day and we rolled them closed at night. We had a falcon get in the barn one day and couldn't figure out how to get out. The doors got closed as usual and the next morning there were piles of feathers on the ground and one full falcon. The falcon figured out how to get out that day.

                          Did he lounge on a hay bale, with a big BURP?
                          Originally posted by BigMama1
                          Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                          GNU Terry Prachett

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                            Nah, paintballs on small birds cause paint splatters and bird splatters.
                            I might hate those nasty sparrows, but I'm trying to move them on without killing them if possible.

                            Plus the little helicopter toy is a hella lotta fun. Even more fun than when I use the leafblower to move birds out of the barn!

                            I have found out that I'm not the world's greatest pilot though. Sad considering this is a child's toy, it isn't that hard to operate. Supposedly.
                            They are kinda like Child-proof caps.. you need a 5 yo and you can get it done lol
                            "Sadly, some people's greatest skill, is being an idiot". (facebook profile pic I saw).

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                            • #15
                              I just had to dispatch about 14 of them from my indoor... I got an air rifle and pellets.
                              2016 RRP Makeover Competitor www.EnviousBid.com

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                              • #16
                                Ah, pigeons and arenas.
                                Yes, raptors help. But attracting them is easier said than done. And getting them into the arena is a whole 'nother issue. We have a family of MS Kites, and still have pigeons. :-(
                                We have done the "pull the nests down regularily" too. I hated it when there were babies in the nests. Eggs don't bother me but killing the little ugly prehistoric babies is tough.
                                Cats can't get up high enough to get the birds.
                                Airgun/BB guns are tough. Pigeons feathers are great insulation!! We would go out at night and close the arena and then try to shoot them down with the BB gun. Never killed one with it but knocked many down enough to get our hands on them and kill them. (No, I couldn't do that either. DH did the shooting and the neck wringing. I did the catching once they were on the ground).
                                We tried moth balls. Sort of helped.
                                Haven't tried the spike or other stuff due to it being so hard to get up to the legdes where they are. :-(

                                I have to admit that my horses got very "pigeon broke". The spook ME more than they do the horses anymore. I have a friend who brings her young horses over at times and commented that when we were having a bad pigeon spell about how broke her young horses got after dealign with the pigeons.

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                                • #17
                                  probably worth the rent on a cherry picker for a day to get to all the high up places (I would have to rent a person to go up in it, too....)
                                  Originally posted by BigMama1
                                  Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                                  GNU Terry Prachett

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                                  • #18
                                    The BM at my barn contacted the local wildlife rescue who were happy to release raptors at the facility. It helps that the barn is owned by the County and has 300 acres and large lakes nearby. The relocated raptors took care of the problem pronto. We also have a hunting (not nesting) bald eagle. One look at him and the geese relocated themselves as well!!
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                                    • #19
                                      1. dog, or
                                      2. gun

                                      We NEVER allow pigeons to come on our property. They are met with #1. or # 2. and usually #2.

                                      NASTY.

                                      You have to get rid of them or they will imprint on your property. Then you have to use #2.

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                                      • #20
                                        they were at my old barn and made a mess; the dung mixed with the arena footing, so was in the dust (yuck). I would go after them (on my trusty horse) with a long longe whip, then in the end a buddy who is an Army Special Forces guy came over with his pellet gun and expertly dispatched them.
                                        Appy Trails,
                                        Kathy, Cadet & CCS Silinde
                                        member VADANoVA www.vadanova.org

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