Cat On Top Of Bird Box ?

I have a wooden shed and on the side of it near to the top, I have fitted a
nesting box for bluetits, which they are just staring to know is there.
This morning at 5am, the wife had to get up and whilst walking across the
landing looked out of the staircase window and saw the local ginger cat
first sat on top of the shed then it started sniffing and pawing the bird
box. Now that it knows the bird box is there it will no doubt be coming on a
regular basis.
Unfortunately, I can not put the bird box anywhere else so what can I do.
I had thought of putting nails on top of the bird box to deter the cat, but
I do not want to harm the birds. I thought of putting a strip of nails on
top of the shed above the bird box, but there again it may be harmful to the
birds. Then I suggested to the wife that stay on guard duty every night, but
all I got was a wallop across the lughole.
Any suggestions please?
James

Reply to
the_constructor
On Mon, 28 Jan 2008 06:02:25 -0000
1) Divorce
2) Nails won't hurt the birds. They are quite used to avoiding thorns.
R.
Reply to
TheOldFellow
On Mon, 28 Jan 2008 06:02:25 -0000, "the_constructor" wrote:
You could use something like this along the edge of the shed and on top of the bird box. Can you lower the box ?
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Andy Cap
A wide flap of something stiff but flexible nailed to the edge of the shed roof, continuing over the top of the box. An offcut of vinyl flooring would be ideal. The cat won't want to walk on something that gives under its weight.
Colin Bignell
Reply to
nightjar
On Mon, 28 Jan 2008 06:02:25 -0000 someone who may be "the_constructor" wrote this:-
Nails will not harm small birds.
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David Hansen
All you need to do is something to interrupt the path of the cat somewhat. It doesn't even need to be perfect - just something that will make going a different way easier for the cat.
You can get plastic strips with stick up points that are normally used on the tops of fences. Screwfix sell them among others. A couple of these on top of the bird box and perhaps the shed will be enough to deter the cat without interrupting the landing positions of the birds. You might be able to make an effect by putting some on parts of the fence as well. All you need is enough to make the exercise unattractive to the cat. They are quite lazy and there are much easier ways for them to catch birds - e.g. lurking in the bushes and jumping out while the birds are on the ground.
Reply to
Andy Hall
We had exactly the same problem. It was solved by making a wedge-shaped cover from ply to fit on top of the box.
You could make an artificial 'proper' roof from ply, like a house roof with gables if you prefer. Some ready-made nest boxes are made like that.
Nails wouldn't harm the birds but would look unsightly.
Mary
Reply to
Mary Fisher
I suggest you get a few branches of Holly and wire to shed
Colin
>> On 2008-01-28 06:02:25 +0000, "the_constructor" >> >>> I have a wooden shed and on the side of it near to the top, I have >>> fitted a >>> nesting box for bluetits, which they are just staring to know is there. >>> >>> This morning at 5am, the wife had to get up and whilst walking across >>> the >>> landing looked out of the staircase window and saw the local ginger cat >>> first sat on top of the shed then it started sniffing and pawing the >>> bird >>> box. Now that it knows the bird box is there it will no doubt be coming >>> on a >>> regular basis. >>> >>> Unfortunately, I can not put the bird box anywhere else so what can I >>> do. >>> >>> I had thought of putting nails on top of the bird box to deter the cat, >>> but >>> I do not want to harm the birds. I thought of putting a strip of nails >>> on >>> top of the shed above the bird box, but there again it may be harmful to >>> the >>> birds. Then I suggested to the wife that stay on guard duty every night, >>> but >>> all I got was a wallop across the lughole. >>> >>> Any suggestions please? >>> >>> James >>> >>> >> >> All you need to do is something to interrupt the path of the cat >> somewhat. It doesn't even need to be perfect - just something that >> will make going a different way easier for the cat. >> >> You can get plastic strips with stick up points that are normally used on >> the tops of fences. Screwfix sell them among others. A couple of >> these on top of the bird box and perhaps the shed will be enough to deter >> the cat without interrupting the landing positions of the birds. >> You might be able to make an effect by putting some on parts of the fence >> as well. All you need is enough to make the exercise unattractive to >> the cat. They are quite lazy and there are much easier ways for them to >> catch birds - e.g. lurking in the bushes and jumping out while the birds >> are on the ground. >> >> > > I can remember fixing a bird table to a length of plastic broom handle
Reply to
Colin Jackson
I noted all the replies here, I also noted your comment about not wanting to hurt the birds but no mention of the cat....
shoot the flipping cat.
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Neil - Usenet
I love watching and photographing the birds which use the feeder which I have fixed to a tree in my front garden. The problem is that they are greedy and will empty the feeder in a day. As a pensioner, I can't keep up with the cost of bird feed. I have a pet shop just over the road where I buy my bird feed but I'm now spending over £5 a week. Can anyone suggest a cheaper alternative as I don't want to deprive the birds of their daily feed. I'm now also thinking of installing a nest box on the tree. Any tips would be most welcome. No problem with cats - I shot them all years ago! (only joking).
Terry D.
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Terry D
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Not easy in your situation, granted, but you should try to buy in bulk.=20 This mob have some good deals going on=20
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, stay away from ladders, for God's sake!
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Bikini Whacks
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Not easy in your situation, granted, but you should try to buy in bulk. This mob have some good deals going on
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, stay away from ladders, for God's sake!
I don't need a ladder - I can reach the feeder from ground level. I have a ladder but I wouldn't dare to use it. My neighbour has kindly offered to change the bulbs in my security lights. I hardly have the strength to carry the ladder from the garage but he said he will do it all. I'm lucky to have such a good neighbour.
I intend to buy a nest box this week - any advice most welcome.
Terry D.
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Terry D
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Are there any farmers' markets near where you live? Assuming you have transport, it could work out cheaper than buying mail order.
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give you an idea of what's available and cost.
Barry
Reply to
Barry Smith
If it's a flat topped box cut a piece of thin ply the same size as the box top. Screw a bolt loosely through the middle of it with a spacer underneath creating a turntable effect. Bolt through the roof of the box. Set up your camera and watch the kitty somersault off the top each time it tries to mount the box.
Post pics to alt.binaries.photos.original if you can stop grinning long enough ;-)
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