i have vegetable patch mainly well matured cabbages,cauliflowers and sprouts
i am having trouble with wood pigeons they have nearly cleared my crop the area is to big to cover with netting any ideas to solve my problem
Netting is the only thing that works for me Bill. You could try a fake bird of prey (ie a decoy) - google 'pigeon scarer decoy' for a range.
My grandfather used to net and than add pie tins and CDs on strings attached to the canes holding the netting up. They worked quite well as bird scarers when they blew in the wind.
It was the only use he had for CDs.
We've started having problems with Wood Pidgeons recently too - but our problem is that they are too greedy and seem to eat ALL the bird seed in the feeders in a single sitting - leaving none for the smaller birds. Any tips welcomed!!
Mark, try stringing a wire between two posts or other points and hanging the feeders from the wire, at least a metre from either end. That also helps deter squirrels, too. I had to remove the trays I fitted to the bottom of my feeders as the woodpigeons had learnt how to land and balance on the trays. It's a constant battle trying to outwit them as they are intelligent birds and learn new tricks fast!
Every year more pidgeons . They breed like rats. In early spring they start eating the fresh leaves and blossom from my fruit trees.
And pidgeons bring peace, well not in my garden anyway.
This year I tied up garlands off aluminium foil in the branches. They make a bit of noise, move in the wind and sparkle in the sun and that was quite succesfulll.
It now keeps away the blackbird from the ripe cherries
Thanks Bob, i'll have a think about it - it's such a shame as the birdfeeder looks lovely hanging in the tree in our garden, where we can watch the little birds come and go.
In my experience the only solution is a shotgun.
Wood pigeons strip my fruit trees of buds before they blossom. They even munch away on the young leaves on our neighbour's ash tree. They regularly break the bird feeders with their clumsy flapping.
I've tried the decoy bird of prey, the CDs, the wind chimes, etc etc etc.
The only good thing is that pigeon breast with damson sauce is quite delicious
This morning I was dead proud of my rapidly growing cabbage....tonight it's been pecked to death.......if I catch that little..............