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Old 06-12-2005, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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School me on: Getting rid of Birds in Barns

So, had a small barn fire tonight. Some dumb fawkin bird shit on a light and caught a barn wall and some lumber on fire. I say, It is time to get rid of the birds. (Plus, they $hit on everything).

I know, I know, I know, 10-22 or something along that line. I want to get rid of them. They are cow birds and finches. I want them gone, but not at the expense of shooting holes in my barn.

Any ideas??

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a noise machine, http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/pr...ge.asp?id=6618

a propane banger thing
or just use the bible
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So, had a small barn fire tonight. Some dumb fawkin bird shit on a light and caught a barn wall and some lumber on fire. I say, It is time to get rid of the birds. (Plus, they $hit on everything). Any ideas??

Let me know!

I see 2 things wrong with this.. The 1st being the fellow that is asking how to get rid of birds that just caught his barn on FIRE has SHOOTER in his name

The 2nd being the same guy who just said his barn caught FIRE is worried about having to fill a couple little holes in the roof with some putty
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Old 06-13-2005, 05:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Several places we hunt have asked us to get rid of pigeons in barns.
The other small birds don't cause a problem.

We set half the shooters on one end of the barn half at the other end, and send some one in to flush them out.

If there are only a handfull, it usually only takes about two trips to get them all.
It's a whole lot more fun than clay pigeons.
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A barn cat will be your best bet.

Had a rat problem in a barn. Cat took care of that. Once the rats were gone, she'd go after birds (I'd feed her a little, but not enough to keep her full). It was something else to watch her get these birds. She'd lay real still on her back. The birds would land and pay no mind to her. Once they got close enough, she'd grow Go-Go Gadget springs in her back and would jump up in the air a good two, maybe three feet and bag one.

Find a free cat, spay/neuter them if they haven't been, and let them go. They'll need their claws.
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I agree with the cat suggestion. Best bet by far if you don't want to patch holes. We had em when we lived on the farm back home. They were great. Easily took care of all unwanted critters in the barn.
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I agree with the cat suggestion. Best bet by far if you don't want to patch holes. We had em when we lived on the farm back home. They were great. Easily took care of all unwanted critters in the barn.
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Heck yeah I did... I miss the farm!!! Can't wait till dad sells the beach house and gets land again... I hate living in the daggone city!!! It bites!!!
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Get a .22 rifle, and a shitload of bird shot shells to go with it. They're not very powerful, and shouldn't put holes in your roof, but will kill birds at fairly close ranges, or at least wound them enough that you can step on their heads. We had a bunch of those little black cowbirds move in at Mom's a few years ago, and they were taking over. They are considered parasitic, because they lay their eggs in other bird's nests, and their babies hatch first, grow faster, and will eventually starve the other baby birds, or kick them out of the nests. We used to go around to all of Mom's bird houses, and check them for fat little black baby birds, and "remove" them. It's weird that a little wren will feed a baby bird that bigger than itself, just because it's in the wren's nest. Anyway, the first year we killed over 100 with a .22, the next year we only got around 30 or 40, the next around 20, etc, until now we only see a few each year.
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A barn cat will be your best bet.

Had a rat problem in a barn. Cat took care of that. Once the rats were gone, she'd go after birds (I'd feed her a little, but not enough to keep her full). It was something else to watch her get these birds. She'd lay real still on her back. The birds would land and pay no mind to her. Once they got close enough, she'd grow Go-Go Gadget springs in her back and would jump up in the air a good two, maybe three feet and bag one.

Find a free cat, spay/neuter them if they haven't been, and let them go. They'll need their claws.
barn cats are awesome!!! Ours did the same thing. Between her and the black snakes the barn was pest free
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Old 06-13-2005, 07:25 AM   #14 (permalink)
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2nd on the .22 cal birdshot loads........ my old boss had a .22 derringer with
those in it.... shot birds in the barn all the time... no holes....

I'd go the .177 pellet rifle myself. cheaper, and very effective. but a fast moving pellet round (about 1100' velocity) will probably make a hole if you
miss........

--the cat idea is good too.
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That's how we do it -- tested it first to be sure it would not put holes in barn......we also did as much as possible to seal up the eaves and door tracks to keep 'em from getting in in the first place.

Cats won't do crap -- birds stay in the rafters and most cats won't climb that high (unless you have a very low barn)
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I have had a plastic Owl in there for 6 years, only get a few fly in's from the birds, no nests.
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Sorry, couldn't help it. I agree, get a good barn cat.
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