After being inspired to a higher moral calling by all the insightful
dialog on the war in Iraq. I have decided to donate my time and a
portion of my much talked about and beloved 1000bf of walnut to
helping resolve the issue of homeless pigeons. Not being fond of
cookie cut tract housing I intend to do nothing but custom builds.
I'm in need of birdhouse plans. Lots of them. So please post your
plans. Keep in mind that a pigeon is a big bird.
Lets see if we can get back to woodworking while still serving the
"Pigeons are birds too"
Pigeons? You got something against statues?
I think pigeons are open roosting birds, anyway, though I'm not
positive. I'm no longer a city boy, so I don't see many of them.
As an incidental point, walnut is a pretty good wood for birdhouses.
It's reasonably durable, and not nearly as hard on animal and plant
life as a lot of people think. I stuck a few walnut boards on my shop
as siding (board and batten). It seems fine almost 10 years into the
life of the place.
In Arizona they live under every bridge. I'm sure it will raise the
hair of the PETA members of the group but I have been trapping and
using them to train my setters for years.
Don't hunt anymore, age and stupidity caught up with me. I love to
take the dogs out and watch them work.
Pigeon's got egos too. Make sure you offer about a half-dozen models.
Vary the floorplans, three elevations per plan. Offer upgrades - like
carpet, nesting materials, additional exit holes, maple cabinets. You'll
need about a dozen paint schemes to choose from.
See if you can line up a good management company to run the pHOA. They'll
be tasked with making sure no Sparrows or Jays are allowed in the
Be sure and plan the roads in your pigeon development to be all curvy and
sh*t. Make it as confusing as possible to find your way. A nice touch is
to keep using the same name for different streets but just vary the
"Circle", "Drive", "Street" stuff.
How I'm doin'?
I got more helpful suggestions.
I'm just full of it -- errr, I mean "them".
When they made my neighbor quit sunbathing nude, I had enough. They
were wringing the fun out of life.
If a 400lb man can't sunbath nude in the front yard, well I just
don't want live in a community like that.
So I sold the place and bought a few acres, stuck a trailer out front
of house. I'm renting it to him.
Life is good. :-)
firstname.lastname@example.org (in email@example.com) said:
| After being inspired to a higher moral calling by all the insightful
| dialog on the war in Iraq. I have decided to donate my time and a
| portion of my much talked about and beloved 1000bf of walnut to
| helping resolve the issue of homeless pigeons. Not being fond of
| cookie cut tract housing I intend to do nothing but custom builds.
| I'm in need of birdhouse plans. Lots of them. So please post your
| plans. Keep in mind that a pigeon is a big bird.
| Lets see if we can get back to woodworking while still serving the
| greater good.
Each pigeon house should have a gallery of statues.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
No, No. You guys have it all wrong. They should be built in the
style of 1700's France, with darkened alcoves all along the main
entryway so that they can sh*t in the alcoves instead of all over your
cars. And don't forget urinal cups for brightening their beaks - or
the overwhelming perfumes to cover up the stench.
Or perhaps like the squab houses of old New England - with a door that
can be shut so you can pick out the fat roof rats and eat them. :-o
Save your lumber for a more appreciative species and build bluebird
and chickadee houses, flycatcher boxes, and robin shelves instead.
Up in the parks they have big "don't feed the gulls" signs, because they get
bold enough to land on the table and run in for a nip off the end of your
We're about thirty miles inland, as the gull flies, but you can't plow a
field or cut hay without them descending on it in droves. I think they're
going to give ravens a run for roadkill soon.
Wonder if they're adapting and evolving?
"And the gulls will inherit the earth"!;-)
not knowing about how common they were inland say 100 years ago they
could either be moving inland to fill niches abandoned by other spieces
that have been depopulated or they may be forced inland as a result of
habitat loss along the coast lines.
Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
We had gulls all the way up in Colorado (this was back in the 60's).
They were actually quite welcome, particularly in the hay fields as they
would descend in flocks and clean up the grasshoppers. I don't know enough
about the species to know if they were migratory or some other type of gull
associated with inland fresh water bodies.
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
Of course, the Gull is well-honored up in Utah for saving the Mormon
In truth, what it seems we have is a creature with the adaptability of the
rat, and the same hygiene. I'd rather feed the cranes and turkeys than
gulls, though there never seems a shortage of crawlies for any of them in a
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