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Old 25th May 2019, 23:11
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Stop the Pigeon

We have Pidgeon's in the hangar and they don't want to leave, with the doors closed they get through the smallest of holes. They cannot be shot anymore, the shooting has made holes in the roof from missed shots! They ignore a wooden owl and a live nesting kestrel. They don't like loud noises but you soon get sick rattling fire buckets.
Is there another cheap method, no chance of fitting netting.
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Old 25th May 2019, 23:44
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If you have compressed air available,try this method I used many years ago.
Make an air cannon with tubing, valve and air hose connector, and use sugar lumps for projectiles.
Damaged the pigeons but not the roof,
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Old 26th May 2019, 04:55
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Borrow a net gun.
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Old 26th May 2019, 07:55
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You may be able to get a licence to shoot pigeons (don't know about pidgeons) soon, the banning seems to be another initiative of woolly-headed environmentalists who don't understand the real world, and attempts are being made to overcome it.

If yo are making holes in the roof shooting either your roof is crap or you are using the wrong gun. Farming friend used to let a local shoot pigeons in his barn with an air rifle, no damage there, or to be a bit more aggressive a "garden gun" (3 bore) would be appropriate. It will be a shame if pigeon disappears off the menu, I've eaten tons over the years.

Personally I've found that the sound of breaking a gun to load it immediately causes every bit of game in the vicinity to make a sharp exit.
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Old 26th May 2019, 09:24
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Originally Posted by N707ZS View Post
We They cannot be shot anymore, the shooting has made holes in the roof from missed shots!
There shouldn't be any "missed shots" if you use a competent pest controller - try my lad for example.

He does point out however that the pellets go right through the pigeons and come out the other side with a fair amount, albeit a reduced amount, of residual velocity. (Actually bother to wear the goggles, and make sure there is nobody else in the building at the time.) But if an air rifle pellet can make a hole in your roof isn't it time to consider a more robust roof?
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Old 26th May 2019, 10:18
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Concur with the two above posters who refer to the use of Air Rifles. My old Gecado Mod 22 in .177 cal accounted for many 'feral aerial rats' over the years and never had a problem with putting holes through Corrugated Iron roof panels.
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Old 26th May 2019, 10:32
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Originally Posted by UniFoxOs View Post
You may be able to get a licence to shoot pigeons (don't know about pidgeons) soon, the banning seems to be another initiative of woolly-headed environmentalists who don't understand the real world, and attempts are being made to overcome it.

If yo are making holes in the roof shooting either your roof is crap or you are using the wrong gun. Farming friend used to let a local shoot pigeons in his barn with an air rifle, no damage there, or to be a bit more aggressive a "garden gun" (3 bore) would be appropriate. It will be a shame if pigeon disappears off the menu, I've eaten tons over the years.

Personally I've found that the sound of breaking a gun to load it immediately causes every bit of game in the vicinity to make a sharp exit.

Thank you for that, made me chuckle. That's my sorry experiene too.

To the OP; If you can locate the open areas they're flying in from use lengths of fishing line strung up in the apertures. They don't like the shiny line, it confuses them and they keep away. Also, get some black or green hose pipe and cut lengths of 2-3 feet sections and place them outside at the entrance to the holes. If there are too many holes just throw a dozen lengths up on the roof. They think it's snakes and that's also a no-no for our avian friends.

If that doesn't work try one of these. It will track any movement and rattle off 70 Rounds per second.

You might need a new roof after a bit though.


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Old 26th May 2019, 10:56
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I found an air pistol quite effective. No need for eye shields or risking holes in the roof. An air shot, no pellets, is sufficient to scare them. Do it a few times and they should learn.

Our neighbour was a manic shooter. Now, when they see the rifle they are off.
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Old 26th May 2019, 11:07
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You could try the method used for poaching pheasants silently.......piece of attractive food firmly attached to a length of fishing line, wait until the food and line has gone all the way through and out at the back, collect bird from perch by pulling line to you, dispose as you will; enough well-fed ones can make a nice pie..
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Old 26th May 2019, 11:37
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You need someone with a .22 Rifle and some rimfire cartridges loaded with ‘dust shot’ aka snake shot in the US.
These are loaded with very small particles of lead and can be used at quite short range. I used some in a milking parlour last year to get rid of pigeons, altho’ shooting pigeons, crows etc in England and Wales has just been criminalised,allegedly.
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Old 26th May 2019, 12:06
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Old 26th May 2019, 12:48
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NRU74 that is one of the problems but I will consult the fireman who used to shoot them. Roof is vintage 1939 RAF asbestos sheets. Pidgeon's don't go out when you shoot at them they hide in the girders like trench warfare. Wondered if there was something they don't like other than a Peregrine Falcon.
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Old 26th May 2019, 12:54
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Why don't you put a cat amongst the pigeons?

It'll keep the mice and rats down as well providing you don't feed it too much.
Get one from your local cat shelter - they tend to be meaner.

Don't spoil it, don't let any kids stroke it or anything. Let the cat know it is there to work.
We have one on the farm where I have a workshop - no-one can remember ever feeding it - maybe in the harshest winters - possibly.

We don't have any rats or mice and thinking about it now, I can't remember ever seeing a pigeon in any of the barns, and come harvest time they're full to the brim of grain and produce.

Don't know why I didn't think of it earlier.

DO NOT GET ONE OF THESE; (Useless, just hangs around waiting to be fed, stroked, have bits of string dangled for it, etc)


GET ONE OF THESE; (Doesn't NEED anyone, self-sufficient, strong predisposition towards violence, etc)




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Old 26th May 2019, 13:22
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Unfortunately they would just bomb a cat, there used to be a number of feral ones living in the old RAF heating ducts. Got a family of Stoats they don't half mangle the rabbits, down side you occasionally find the dinner remains. They do try to get the wood pigeons when they peck around the grass.
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Old 26th May 2019, 13:26
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Originally Posted by N707ZS View Post
Unfortunately they would just bomb a cat, there used to be a number of feral ones living in the old RAF heating ducts. Got a family of Stoats they don't half mangle the rabbits, down side you occasionally find the dinner remains. They do try to get the wood pigeons when they peck around the grass.
Like I said; that would depend on the cat.


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Old 26th May 2019, 14:00
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I was once told a story about catching pheasants. Apparently raisins were soaked in brandy and then left out for the pheasants to eat. Said pheasants got pissed out of their (small) brains and just passed out. It was a simple job just to go round and pick them up.

If true, no reason why it wouldn’t work for pigeons.
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Old 26th May 2019, 17:10
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I was once told a story about catching pheasants. Apparently raisins were soaked in brandy and then left out for the pheasants to eat. Said pheasants got pissed out of their (small) brains and just passed out. It was a simple job just to go round and pick them up.

If true, no reason why it wouldn’t work for pigeons.
It's a good plan. Problem is you'd have to step carefully around the drunk pilots who'd got to them first to get to the pheasants.

I heard from an old boy of the country once that he used to put frozen peas in a pair of lady's tights and suspend them from a fence post. The pheasant swallows and eventually chokes. Not a nice thing to do but he was a poacher.
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Old 26th May 2019, 17:45
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If he had used stockings rather than tights,he could have suspended them from,well....suspenders.
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Old 26th May 2019, 17:46
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If you can, net the holes they use to get in.

But, if they really like it in there they'll just wait for a door to be left open.

What they like for roosting/shelter is dark areas, if you can leave the lights on and/or fit more/brighter they're more likely to go elsewhere.

Air rifle is best tool in a hanger, but as has been mentioned right now in the UK the general licence (used for pest can control of pigeons/crows/magpies etc) has been cancelled. See their website (Natural England) for any updates on this.

Bottom line is net the roosting areas and improve the lighting, suppliment with cullng.
Anything else will just slightly annoy them for a while
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Old 26th May 2019, 20:25
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We have a speaker system in our multi-storey car park at work which intermittently plays short bursts of horrible metallic sounds. It's designed to keep pigeons etc. away and seems to be very effective.

​​​​​​When it was first installed we were not informed, so most of my colleagues and I thought the noise was some kind of dire mechanical malfunction on our cars over the first day or two.
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