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Old Jul 5th, 2003, 09:28 AM   #1
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I live in an apartment and pigeons seem to love my porch. My porch is quite long and big, every morning I get woken up by some dumb male pigeon doing his mating call. Talk about being harassed. They keep crapping all over my porch causing a huge mess all day.

Yesterday I spent a few hours cleaning and scraping off the bird crap, over one pound worth. I noticed that some people who have those plastic owls on their porch actually keeps away the pigeons. So I thought I would try the samething. For the life of me I couldn't find any place that had any owls. Canadian Tire had only one, went to Walmart - nothing, Home Depot - nothing, Homehardware had the samething as Canadian Tire. So I decided to pick one up.

Now I put the owl in one corner of the porch as it is the only place to tie it down, or I could try the other side. However, I think the owl kind of blends into the wall being brown as the pigeons still land on my porch and avoid the owl sitting there. The other apartments have a more grey to white wall instead of brick brown. My porch is also all concrete and has no polls or stands. What the heck can I do to solve my pigeon problem? Should I find a huge branch and have the owl hang out on that while tied down to my porch? Should I take my fire arm and attach a silencer and start knocking off the pigeons as target practice? What works for people living in apartments? I'm losing my mind here.
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Old Jul 5th, 2003, 10:05 AM   #2
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I feel your pain .
I used to live in an apartment where the pigeons just wouldn't leave me any peace.
You could get some sort of stand and put the owl in the middle of your balcony
You could make loud noises whenever they come back
In some areas of Hamilton they fire a starter's pistol at groups of crows that hang around city hall.
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Old Jul 5th, 2003, 11:06 AM   #3
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Urban_Legend,

It might be that a former tenant fed them. Wash the area with a caustic cleanser like bleach.

WEAR a MASK!

Here are some humane ideas like:
"Apartment dwellers may consider installing fine netting across the front of the balcony if pigeons cannot be convinced to move elsewhere."
http://www.cfhs.ca/Programs/HumaneEd...e/pigeons.html

If the area is large like the whole porch consider a cat.

Using loud noises will make you a target for your neighbours' ire.
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Old Jul 5th, 2003, 11:45 AM   #4
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you're right Macello, loud noise in a quiet building are a bad idea.
The darn things would not leave even when I went out on my balcony, I had to rap on the metal railing a few times to get them to leave.
No one should poison birds either because a cat or dog could pick it up and die as a result.
People should stop feeding them and that shou;d reduce the problem. All kinds of folks feed them around here and they crap all over our downtown. So they put up owls and a sign warning people that they will be fined if they feed them, but I guess the signs don't apply to illiterates. The problem is much better now in our downtown, much fewer pigeons in my opinion.
I think if you have a porch or balcony that get's the moring sun , then you are the biggest target.
washing with bleach is what i did too, but eventually i moved and I assume the pigeons regained their territory.. But Pigeons are less of a pest than flocks of crows, burr. they are like a black cloud that is really destructive.
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Old Jul 5th, 2003, 12:21 PM   #5
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ehMac does not condone the killing of pigeons. [img]smile.gif[/img]

Maybe hire Bert to come over and do the pigeon and lead them away.

--

Doin' The Pigeon

Sung by Bert (Frank Oz)
Written by Joe Raposo

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Every time I feel alone
And slightly blue
That's when I begin to think
It's what I'd like to start to do

And though it may not be the kind of thing
That's quite your cup of tea
I recommend you pay attention
To the little dance you're gonna see

Doin' the (coo, coo) pigeon
Doin' the (coo, coo) pigeon
Dancing a little smidgeon of
The kind of ballet
Sweeps me away

Doin' the (coo, coo) pigeon
Doin' the (coo, coo) pigeon
People may smile but
I don't mind
They'll never understand
The kind of fun I find

Doin' the (coo, coo) pigeon
Doin' the (coo, coo) pigeon
Doin' the (coo, coo) pigeon everyday
People may smile, but
I don't mind!
They'll never understand
The kind of fun I find

Doin' the (coo, coo) pigeon
Doin' the (coo, coo) pigeon
Doin' the (coo, coo) pigeon everyday
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Old Jul 5th, 2003, 12:37 PM   #6
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Hahaha very funny ehMax

Well thank you for all the advice minnes and macello. Also thanks for the link Macello.

Looks like I have some learning to do, maybe I will find away to balance the equation for both the pigeons and myself.
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Old Jul 5th, 2003, 03:46 PM   #7
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Just be thankful they aren't sh*thawks (Gulls), Our neighbor has been adpting them lately...Now we are really ticked off.

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Old Jul 5th, 2003, 04:11 PM   #8
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Anyone seen the movie "Congo" where they set up a night time perimeter fence with lasers and automatic machine gun fire? That's my answer to this problem .

Hey Dave, at least I can handle gulls. They are easier to train then a pigeon around here. Once you make a gull mad or really **** him off, they get the hint. Pigeons around here are really stupid. I kick the one pigeon off the porch, then I watch him circle the area and land again. I swing a broom at him to scare him and he takes off, but yet returns again. The worst part is just around the corner of the building is a HUGE tree and someone keeps feeding the pigeons. They are not affraid of humans at all.
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Old Jul 5th, 2003, 06:05 PM   #9
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Urban_Legend,

Definitely call your city councilor's office and make a formal pest complaint and emphasize that the pigeons are being fed close by to make the problem worse.

Have the pigeons trigger a loop of Nick Nolte's face in "The Good Thief" ..... they will surely rather leave than watch. [img]graemlins/lmao.gif[/img]
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Old Jul 5th, 2003, 06:16 PM   #10
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Macello,

Hmmmm you know at this point I am willing to try anything [img]graemlins/rofl.gif[/img]
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