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Farming & Gardening In Thailand Tips on how to achieve a beautiful tropical garden. How to grow those orchids, deter pests from your Fruit and Vegetables, or growing your own Thai Spices & Herbs. Feel free to post your pictures and stories about Thai National parks, or any questions you may have about your pets and animals or even Thai Snakes.

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Old 15-11-2009, 08:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How Can I Get Rid of These BIRDS?

My wife is being driven nuts by swarms of little, brown birds which descend on the lawn and garden every afternoon. I don't know exactly what they are, but they look like starlings (I am in the southern Philippines). They eat the orchids, shit all over the place, and are generally a pain. If you go outside and scream and bang pots together or whatever, they retreat to the garden wall and, once you have been back inside for a few minutes, they return. She has tried hanging flapping strips of cloth, to no avail. Does anyone have any thoughts. I don't want to put out poison because of the dogs, and I can't put the birdshot to them because of the neighbors. Any ideas would be most welcome. Thanks!
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Old 15-11-2009, 08:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 15-11-2009, 08:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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how long have they been there? years or months? have you added anything to the garden which is attracting them?

give us a butchers anyway. lets see what sort of problem you have. i'd rather have the birds than karaoke anyday

pity they are not yellow little mites. you could sell them to the kids for their very own live pet
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Old 15-11-2009, 09:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It's a new house. I just finished building it in May, and landscaped the garden about the same time. There is a lot of open land around, farmland and semi-jungle. They appear to live at night in two tall trees across the street and up the road a bit.
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Read various articles which suggest putting out a decoy which resembles an owl, or another type of predatory bird. Never tried it myself, but they claimed that it worked.
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Worth a try, although these little bastards don't appear to be scared of much. Thanks.
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I've got some kittens in need of a home.
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Thanks, but I think I'll pass. Already have dogs, turtles, fish and a snake named Slink.
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get a piece of hose pipe / yellow or bright green .. approx 1 mtr long / leave on ground ... birds think its a snake ... worked for me .....
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Also worth a try. Thanks. Would use Slink the real snake, but he would take off. Will let you know if it works. Off to buy some hose pipe this afternoon.
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^Would scare the dogs. ^^Wife is excited about the hose pipe idea. She has already headed off to the hardware store.
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I've also heard some old CDs strung up around the place can be effective as well, I don't know why.
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Sounds like you'll soon be redundant mate
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Wow, was that a poor choice of words......
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Suppose some bird feed laced with rat poison would do the trick but will have to keep the pets away from it and the dead birds.
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Very easy to get rid of them actually :-)

Get a good sound recorder and mount the microphone in the garden.

When the birds come, turn it on. Go out and scare off the birds.
The birds will sing their warning cry when they see you.

Do some creative editing of the recording of the warning cry and make a loop of it that plays with regular intervals.
Mount some speakers in your garden and play it off randomly. Will not be a birdy in your garden after that ;-).

(tried and tested in the strawberry fields in norway to get rid of birds).
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Sprinkle bird food pellets on your neighbour's lawn. (one a few houses down)
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A number of good ideas. Thanks to all. Will start with the fake snake, and work from there.
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What we do is set off a chain of fireworks for about five minutes, then cut loose with the shotguns. The fireworks gives some light and hides the sound of the shotguns! Or mix some local moonshine with honey and bird seed or whatever they are eating, then cut loose with the shotguns.
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^^Wouldn't hardly be worth the effort. Once you popped off the heads, gutted 'em and defeathered and defeeted 'em, one of them would barely fill a teaspoon. Kinda like blue crabs, more trouble than they're worth.
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leave them alone, they were there first

typical bloody humans, want to scare/kill anything that infringes on their territory
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Read various articles which suggest putting out a decoy which resembles an owl, or another type of predatory bird. Never tried it myself, but they claimed that it worked.

I've seen many plastic owls on buildings in America to scare other birds away, but Thai birds might be more smart.
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That what you do here Dr Andy! Cull any post/thread that infinges on your territory!
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