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I have large pigeons in my garden leaving poo all over the place

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frankie3 Tue 31-Mar-09 16:39:51

I have just come in the garden and am covered in poo! I keep seeing large pigeons on our lawn and there is poo all over the garden. Does anyone have any hints how I can deter the pigeons from the garden?

SunshineIsAMiracleCure Tue 31-Mar-09 16:40:42

put a cat among them?

spikemomma Tue 31-Mar-09 19:36:19

shotgun. grin

Mspontipine Tue 31-Mar-09 22:28:29

Ha ha ha SunshineIsAMiracleCure !!!

grin

BananaFruitBat Tue 31-Mar-09 22:31:35

Watching thread as I need to get rid of pigeons too.

My cats are scared of the things.

ABetaDad Tue 31-Mar-09 22:37:07

Are they ring necked doves?

Quite big about the size of small hen, mainly grey, slight shiney purple coloration in parts with a prominent white ring of feathers round their neck.

We have them in our orchard. Poo everywhere. They graze the grass like a flock of winged grey sheep.

Not much you can do except put strings across the garden with shiny silver plates hung on them that clatter and shimmer in the wind.

A scarecrow could be good fun for the kids to make at the weekend. smile

sameagain Tue 31-Mar-09 22:41:43

We had pigeons that used the Dcs slide/climbing frame as a perch. Made it not a pleasant place for kids to play. Problem was solved by hanging a couple of free CD's from it (on string). They move about and the reflections seem to keep the birds away - don't need to be noisy.

frankie3 Wed 01-Apr-09 12:47:49

ABetaDad - it does sound like they are ring necked doves. Would love to be able to put strings of CDs across grass, but might be a problem with my DS's on their bikes!

ABetaDad Wed 01-Apr-09 15:04:29

Looks like its going to have to be the shotgun or the scarecrow then. smile

southeast Wed 01-Apr-09 15:21:19

nothing on ground level detered mine. flapping my arms out of the upstairs window got rid of them for a while.

mistlethrush Wed 01-Apr-09 15:23:27

If in UK, more likely to be Collared Doves or Wood Pigeons (these illustrations not great, sorry!) - Doesn't help with getting rid of them... The wood pigeons are bigger, the collared doves have a black collar.

PheasantPlucker Wed 01-Apr-09 15:33:44

A bloody wood pidgeon has just pooed all over the window on my back door......! How?!

HeadFairy Wed 01-Apr-09 15:45:41

I'm plagued with pigeons and their poo too (I'm a poet and I know it ). A chap who was pigeon proofing our garden told me to get a fake owl (you can get them at garden centres or online) it does scare them off initially but they quickly learn they're not real, so they come back. Some say you should move the owl around the garden to give the impression it's alive and moving, so the pigeons don't get too comfortable with it there.

HeadFairy Wed 01-Apr-09 15:48:19

although the fake owl may attract other birds!

frankie3 Thu 02-Apr-09 17:45:18

I am covered in poo again... disgusting! Fake owl seems like a good idea - I will give it a try. That one looks quite scary - might deter my DS's from playing in the garden!

southeastastra Thu 02-Apr-09 17:47:28

if all else fails hire someone with a bird of prey to circle about a bit every week grin

Bunnyb7 Sun 04-May-14 06:12:08

We have tried the fake owl and moving it round the garden to no avail. Loud bangs work but they come back with in 10 mins. All the old folk down our road feed them and as we have the only large tree(70 feet) we cop them all. Keep trying to convince my hubby or brother to get there and hand some cd's. A farmer told us it was the best way x

Nannynoggins5 Wed 12-Jul-17 08:57:29

These are a nightmare!
The problem is scaring away the pigeons but still allowing the smaller birds to feed. the pigeons eat everything in sight.!
I put more feeders in the tree which makes it harder for the pigeons,
You can try plastic spiking on top of the swing /slide set.
I've tried bunting and windmills to stop them eating the grass seed with some success and thought a spud gun might do the trick!
Now I keep a gun that makes a loud noise by the door!!

rizlett Wed 12-Jul-17 09:04:48

one of those fake kestrel kite things.... that you hang from an ariel thing on your roof.

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