I've just purchased a dilapidated house which has been vacant for over
ten years, during this time there have been no windows. Pigeons have
taken up occupancy and as such they have left their mess everywhere.
Is it true that pigeon poo has an acid/chemical in it that attacks and
destroys wood? If so after cleaning it off can it be treated, or is it
best consigned to the skip.
Pidgeon poo is a dangerous substance. In business terms it comes under COSHH
legislation and a risk assessment and method statement would have to be done
to dispose clean and dispose of the debrisalong with the use of personal
protective equipment. It cannot just be shovelled into a skip as you put it.
The very fit and spritely near 80 year old woman next door to us has just
installed a "continous" bird feeder. Very nice to see the small birds landing on
it and scattering the seed everywhere. Of course the pidgeons have now arrived
too and a right mess they make! Oh - and the past few weeks has seen the
appearance of a a few mice in the vicinity.
She spends about 1 hour in the morning looking at this wonderful bird feeder -
and spends the rest of the day at the other end of the house (how do I know.....
shouts at the TV). Sigh - what can one do (ans. bug*er all).
The major headache is that pigeon poo is a source of several diseases,
with tuberculosis being one of them. It's dangerous by inhalation and if
it has dried out, it's difficult to scrape up without causing dust.
I suggest having a word with the local bastards^W council, the
Environmental Health lot. They should be able to advise you about how to
get rid of it.
"I have come up with a sure-fire concept for a hit television show,
which would be called `A Live Celebrity Gets Eaten by a Shark'."
Do you remember one of the programmes about Fred Dibnah where he was
quite seriously ill? He had a habit of using his flat cap to wipe the
sweat from his face and it turned out that his illness was caused by the
pigeon crap on it.
That's disgraceful, you should be ashamed of yourself. You
have recommended cruelty to animals. Shoot to kill them
outright, if you wing one pull its neck immediately. Do
not cause unnecessary suffering, as this is an offence.
Make sure you casserole, fry, roast, or even barbecue
the pigeon breasts as fresh as you can. If there's a cat
nearby, you might discourage that, too - but I don't know
whether they taste nice. Pigeons certainly do.
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I gave uop on that years ago. I'll leave that to you.
No I haven't. I am merely being sesnitive to his neighbours feelings.
They are in HIS garden after all.
That means climbing over the fence. I hate animal lovers. They are the
ones that leave a blind dying rabbit to shuffle about. I am the one who
put my wellie on his neck and held him in a full ditch till he stopped
kicking. Lacking anything more lethal at the time.
If its on my property, and I do wing one, its another .22 through teh
head immediately. OTOH the countryside is littered with teh remains of
animals got buy other animals, or just dead from cold, old age or sheer
heart attack. I don't think a broken wing hurts half as much as being
ripped to pieces by a fox or owl. A disabled animals life is measured in
minutes really. Pigeons that can't fly are any cats dinner.
Pissibly, but so is lighting a barbecue in a smokeless zone
Pigeons are 'all right' tastewise - a cross between chicken and lamb
hearts really. Sometimes I use em in casseroles.
Sometimes it just saves on catfood.
That wasn't actually very nice. You have something more
lethal, in fact. You can either hold them up by their
back legs and after a second or two (when they've stopped
wriggling) karate chop them at about 45 degrees just behind
the neck, following the heavy blow through, which will break
their necks instantly, or you can sort of pin them down
and feel with your thumbs and push to do the same thing,
or..... Anyway, the point is to kill them as quickly as
possible. I suppose you could always stamp on their necks,
'though that lacks finesse.
The point is that a winged bird can survive for a long time
in distress. It may be more distressed by being torn to pieces
by a fox, or dog (cf. foxhunting), but that is a very short
period of time indeed.
Yes, but you need a cat in the area that will take notice.
Even then, cats tend to torture their victims before
killing them, another good reason not to keep cats.
A winged bird that is not dispatched can keep going for
days, as I say, in distress. This is not nice.
Is it really? No, it isn't. Neither is having a bonfire.
I think pigeons are very nice, rather than just "all right".
You could always save on cat food by disposing of your cat!
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Its about time to see em starting up right now. The usual shmabling
I tried stamping on its neck first, but the mud gave way and it fell
into teh ditch.
I never considered the karate chop. It was covered in fleas and flies
anyway, eating its eyes as they do. I'll do that next time.
Round here a winged bird would be dead meat - on fact anywhere where
there are cats.
Which was the point. I don';t normally now shoot when I can't reasonably
kill, but in this case it was in teh neighbours garden as teh OP stated.
S'all right. Plenty of people torture me all the time. Look at reading
IMM's posts for one thing. Someone should put him out of his misery
before they start on about dumb animals...
I don't think they can tho. Usually a wing shot on a bird that is on the
ground (and I would applaud ANYONE who can hit a flying pigeon with a
.22 air rifle) breaks wing and ribs, so the muscles that do the flying
are rendered usesless. Ive done that to a few - they can flap, they can
walk, but thet can't fly. Dispatch ASAP by favorite method.
IME you either disable them compeletly or flick a feather off. Shotgun
is different, on flying birds. I have seen the odd bird go down pwounded
but never recovered, tho the dogs do their best.
With a rifle, the chance of a bird dying in days is very small.
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