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Old 05-13-2019, 06:23 PM
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Anyone have issues with blackbirds? We live out of town where lots are about 2 to 3 acres. Some have pretty heavy evergreen tree plots, blackbirds love em. They are getting out of control, pooping on vehicles and driveways and I sit out there and they really harass the other birds, especially the robins. Have shot a few with birdshot in 22, pellet gun on occasion if they are in right line of fire so don't hit neighbors property, however both are like peeing on a forest fire as there are just so many of them. Would love to poison some corn as the other birds don't mess with the corn, the blackbirds will find it within 5 minutes of laying some out? Any ideas?

We have a 2 1/2 acre yard with many evergreen trees and the same problem every spring. I hate the ****, messy things too but when the young are born and can fly, they move on. We can't even feed the songbirds because the blackbirds clean out the feeders in a day. They even clean the dog food out of the dog's dish. We just learned to accept the fact that that's the way it is.
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Old 05-14-2019, 08:15 AM
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3 acres here with lots of pines and they fly over and drop the poo in the pond all day long.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:09 AM
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You life in the middle of the Black Birds grocery store.

If you want to get rid of the Black Birds, get rid of the grocery store.

Cut down all of the trees and your bird problem will disappear.

One thing that does work is to get about 20 farm cats. They are pretty effective in keeping the bird population at bay.

There is no easy pleasant solution to your problem.

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"Cut down all of the trees and your bird problem will disappear."
So your suggesting I cut down all my trees that I've spent thousands of dollars planting? I think not! Stick to things you know. I'm not cutting down any trees and I'm not a tree hugger. I'll find another way to deal with birds.
What a stupid idea.

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Old 05-16-2019, 08:57 AM
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I managed a repair facility that had several beautiful large ash trees in front of the building. Hundreds of black birds started roosting in these trees. It got so bad the sidewalk was covered with droppings to the point of a terrible smell. Not wanting to cut down the trees I called a specialist and he said these bird have a peaking order similar to an army, i.e., commander, eating order, sending scouts out to find food, etc... Did not recommend poison for some of the reasons already mentioned in previous posts. His comment "you need to make it uncomfortable for them so they remember it and they don't want to be there any longer". Couple examples - load noises when roosting at night but we couldn't do that as was in town. Another suggestion was to use a high pressure water sprayer on them when roosting late at night. Put a detergent in the water that washes the oil off their features. This results in them getting cold and uncomfortable, which makes them look for an alternate roosting site. Anyway just thought I'd pass it along for what it's worth.

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Old 05-16-2019, 09:33 AM
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"Cut down all of the trees and your bird problem will disappear."
So your suggesting I cut down all my trees that I've spent thousands of dollars planting? I think not! Stick to things you know. I'm not cutting down any trees and I'm not a tree hugger. I'll find another way to deal with birds.
What a stupid idea.

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Kinda thinking it's REW way of dry humor. I think sometimes he sits back and laughs at all the guys on here taking some of his suggestions seriously, like the one above. Geez, lighten up a bit folks.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:47 AM
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We have cowbirds who basically go to war with the blackbirds. both of them just clean out the feeders like nobodies business. i realized my chickens have hardly touched their feeder in the coop.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:51 AM
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We have cowbirds who basically go to war with the blackbirds. both of them just clean out the feeders like nobodies business. i realized my chickens have hardly touched their feeder in the coop.
We have allot of cowbirds around here. So many that the DNR started setting up traps out on state land because they raid the bluebird nests, kick out their eggs, then lay their own in there for the bluebirds and other birds to raise. Probably not practical for a homeowner, but this is the set-up they use to trap them.
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"Cut down all of the trees and your bird problem will disappear."
So your suggesting I cut down all my trees that I've spent thousands of dollars planting? I think not! Stick to things you know. I'm not cutting down any trees and I'm not a tree hugger. I'll find another way to deal with birds.
What a stupid idea.

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But if you cut them all down, look at all the FREE Firewood you will have.......
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:38 PM
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You do realize that blackbirds are protected by the Federal government? They catch you shooting or worse using poison you will be in deep do do.
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European starlings are not a protected bird. The other black birds may be protected, but I wish common sense mattered here. Several of these species are very overpopulated and quite a nuisance. Maybe why the "native" cowbirds were being trapped and presumably destroyed by the DNR in a previous post.
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