Large unwanted birds

I have a hanging mesh bird table. How do I keep pigeons from landing on it and eating all the food.


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  • Hi, I have the same problem the pigeons take over my bird table I had about ten on top and inside I took a photo it was crazy, can't show as I don't know how out it on here but looked so funny, ive started puting fat cakes on the table now and I do get less of them I still have plenty of small birds thought have loads of goldfinch as last year the parent birds brought the little ones they love the sunflower hearts I've counted 20, there so lovely to watch.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,688

    I put cheap grain-based feed in a large pot saucer on the ground - the pigeons would much rather eat that than balance precariously on hanging feeders. 

    Just remember to get it in at night and put it out again in the mornings, otherwise you'll attract rats to the garden.

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  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    I got a cheap hanging basket : you know those flimsy mesh grid ones? And zip tied it to the top of my feeder that sat on the table. The grid is large enough for the little birds to hop in and out but stops the pigeons.

    Perhaps you could get some sturdy thick mesh and create a frame around yours?

  • Thanks to everyone. I will try using the hanging basket. Just not sure what a flimsy mesh one is. Maybe you could tell me Carrington please.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 28,211

    Chicken wire would also do the job. Any hanging basket will be fine.

    As has been suggested - take a look on a similar thread we currently have here. Unwelcome Garden Visitors.  You might find some tips there too flowerpower   image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 1,755

    How do you find threads like the Unwelcome  Garden Visitors? I can't see a search on the Forum page.

  • Hi, if you go into wildlife gardening it's there 

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