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quixoticgeek

Trapping pigeons

I am being taunted by pigeons. Not content with their attempts to stave me ( by eating all my vegetables), they insist on sitting outside my window and cooing.

The obvious solution to this is an air rifle, but being in a built up area, I get the suspician that if I was to appear at the window with a .22 air rifle I would have an armed response unit bearing down on me in rather short order.

So, if I am going to get a harvest from my veg (if indirectly), I am going to have to find a non projectile method of topping the pigeons.

Can anyone suggest a suitable method?

Thanks

Julia
madcat

Im in the same position and would be interested in a solution.All our pigeon slaying moggies are too old to be bothered and Im not about to take up falconry either.
I did see a twiggy bird trap on a tv programme about somewhere remote and jungly i think but cant remember the details of how to make it.After you catch your bird you then have to kill it .
Bodger

Probably a load of cobblers, but in some of the old poaching books, the poachers are supposed to have caught pigeons by feeding them on grain soaked in whisky or rum.
As I said, it was probably a load of old cobblers but you could try it and see. The pigeons are supposed to get pissed and allow you to pick them up. At least if you do get any, they'll be half way towards being marinaded. Very Happy
madcat

My OH made wheat wine and dumped the spent alchaholic grain on an open compost pile,he ended up with a collection of drunken garden birds.
Reckon the local pigeons are on something as they even fly into windows with net curtains Surprised
May try the parylytic pigeon route but would have to behead them with the garden loppers and Im not sure if I want to.When I get my next Pschyco Moggie I will get the pigeons drunk and let him do the deed Twisted Evil Evil or Very Mad
cab

tiggy wrote:

May try the parylytic pigeon route but would have to behead them with the garden loppers and Im not sure if I want to.


A firm pair of hands and a stretched and twisted neck will do the job. Don't be gentle though, I've seen people traumatised by pigeons who apparently came back from the dead because their necks hadn't been broken properly...
GENT

cab wrote:
tiggy wrote:

May try the parylytic pigeon route but would have to behead them with the garden loppers and Im not sure if I want to.


A firm pair of hands and a stretched and twisted neck will do the job. Don't be gentle though, I've seen people traumatised by pigeons who apparently came back from the dead because their necks hadn't been broken properly...


Just pull the head right off, its not that bad... and you can be pretty sure that the job is infact done when they are head less.
With the garden sheres you are just as likely to lop your finger off as the pigions pecker.
Tavascarow

bodger wrote:
Probably a load of cobblers, but in some of the old poaching books, the poachers are supposed to have caught pigeons by feeding them on grain soaked in whisky or rum.
As I said, it was probably a load of old cobblers but you could try it and see. The pigeons are supposed to get pissed and allow you to pick them up. At least if you do get any, they'll be half way towards being marinaded. Very Happy

I read a great book called the poachers tale about the life of a poacher come ratter come watch repairer between the first & second world wars.
He used to bury paper cones in the stubble fields with wheat & bird lime (note I'm not advocating this method).
Pheasants would put their heads in to get the wheat & come up with the cone attatched over their heads.
Not able to see they wouldn't fly & it was easy for him to pick them up.
Very Happy
Tavascarow

I should add that I think you have to be licensed to trap any bird now apart from corvids in a larsen trap.
Prepared to be corrected.
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