Saturday, June 9, 2007

How to keep pigeons away

Pigeons are messing with your plants? What to do and how to keep pigeons off your plants and out of your garden?
Pigeons create great problems in urban gardens all around the world, as it was the case in my urban garden. The first thing in mind, after seeing the mess they made in your garden, is how to get rid of them and save what´s left of your plants. To me, that seemed almost impossible and my seedlings were ruined time after time. They were on a verge of destroying my whole balcony garden, but I decided to fight, even though I meant them no harm. I tried out a few methods and I must say I´m not 100% sure which one works the best, so I´ll keep posting my experiences.

How do I keep pigeons away from my balcony garden(a few methods currently used on my balcony):
  • CD method: It is a method commonly used in my city to keep pigeons of your balcony. Just tie down the cd and let it hang. The cds are shinny and reflective what seems to bother the pigeons. It is not the prettiest element in my garden, but it seems to work, at least when it´s sunny outside. The absence of light(sun) is a major limitation of this method. Barbecue sticks method:


  • Barbecue sticks method: This is a method I came up with to prevent pigeons from walking and pooping in my garden. Again it´s not the prettiest element in my garden, but it works day and night. Sticks are placed in soil, sharp side up.





  • Radio method: I have a radio on my balcony so I just keep it turned on and it seems to fool those garden invaders.
  • The combination of all three methods seems to do the job.

10 comments:

Marc said...

Those are crazy methods, but I like your resourcefulness! I've never had a pigeon in my country garden, but I bet the cd trick would deter the crows too!

Hey, I couldn't find an email address for you so I'll have to ask here.

I started a new website called Veggie Garden Info, where I highlight bloggers posts about vegetables. I like your insight on growing vegetables on a balcony so I included part of your previous post. Please let me know if this is okay. My email is Marc@gardendesk.com

Thanks, and keep up the great blogging!

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patchesor@yahoo.ca said...

Thanks for these tips! In the fall the awning for my balcony is removed and then the pigeons move in! Must be nesting season because they keep coming back to sit in my balcony boxes which I've removed from the wall for the winter due to water/snow weighting them down. I've just taken some my barbecue skewers and added them in. I'll let you all know if it works. Wasn't able to get too many sticks in since the soil is frozen except where these birds have been nesting. Anyone have any thoughts about me putting out mothballs? I'd remove them when the warmer weather comes along so they didn't harm the perennials.

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Maria said...

Nice and Interesting articles you have keep posting and nice methods in pigeon bird control. God bless you and your garden.

Shiley Del Ocampo said...

Hi Just dropping by...

patches said...

Hi ... thought I'd report back to let you all know that the use of the skewers in my pots was very effective. Silly pigeons would land and then take off. A couple of birds tried to knock over the sticks but I kept putting them back, thicker than ever (great dollar store buy!) and no problem after doing this. This fall before the freeze I'll put them in again! Did some pics and posted them on my garden site. Other people used the method and report success too.