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    Ravens pecking windows

    Hi All,
    Obviously this it not stalking related but i'm betting someone on here has an answer.

    I was aproached by a guy at work last week, I have helped him out in the past by sorting out a few feral pidgeons that were living in his out buildings and rabbits that were in his padock. He has had a problem for the last 6 months with Ravens (he thinks) pecking the black foam seal out of his windows and doors. he's got a lovely house and he says there is four birds there all the time and they leave claw marks on all the windows frames. The local pest control officer came out and suggested bird spikes or netting over the windows.
    I was thinking of lending him a big Owl decoy that i've got kicking around here somewhere other than that i'm a bit stuck. He has a neighbor that is not particularly country freindly so he has to be carefull. I want to help him out if i can as he comes from a big farming family and you never Know.
    Any ideas?

    Ezzy

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    Had the very same problem from crows pecking the windows and pulling out the silicon seal strips. I tried an owl and even a flapping falcon deek but neither worked after a day or so. The only worthwhile solution i found was the shotgun.

    If they are doing it to his windows, they'll be doing it to everyone else's in the neighbourhood. I'd have a chat with the neighbours - you'll probably find that they are more than willing to let him shoot them with air rifle or shotgun.

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    I think you'll find Raven shooting might get you locked up.

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    whilst out driving i once saw a crow going mad at it's own reflection in the windscreen of a parked car, it got itself in such a frenzey it then started attacking the wiper blade as it was the only thing it could get it's beak into, i wouldnt mind betting your crow/raven is doing the same and if it is a crow then a larsen with a mirror in the bottom should do the trick

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    stick to the larsen quiet and deadly nice call sir lamp alot gotta be a crow or jackdaw got the odd raven here they are huge !

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotsgun View Post
    Had the very same problem from crows pecking the windows and pulling out the silicon seal strips. I tried an owl and even a flapping falcon deek but neither worked after a day or so. The only worthwhile solution i found was the shotgun.

    If they are doing it to his windows, they'll be doing it to everyone else's in the neighbourhood. I'd have a chat with the neighbours - you'll probably find that they are more than willing to let him shoot them with air rifle or shotgun.
    Best method I hav ever used is the shotgun
    it stops it immediately
    normally I find it is a dominant male crow that is the culprit and it's mate often joins in

    but if you are finding four at a time at this time of year , then it normally tends to be Jackdaws
    for some reason I hav never had rooks participate in such activities

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    I will try and swing by his place tomorrow and see if they are crows or raggedy wings. we do have shed loads of ravens here it's quite common to see 10 or more in a group.
    Hardly ever see a crow these days, even the buzzards seem to be displaced. We have jackdaws at work and they constantly peck the steam pipe insulation, no one seems to know why.

    Ezzy

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    Ive had Jackdaws a few time ripping the thatch off houses ....shotgun sorted it for me

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    Any rules against trapping them, whatever they are? I have some live-trap plans that work very well for Corvids. The traps aren't simple to make, but they are effective, and the birds can be relocated to appease the bunny-huggers or their necks wrung 'in private'. Ravens are federally protected in the US.

    Regards,
    Paul

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    Possibly pecking for spiders or insects from the glazing seals. Try washing down the seals with bleach or a stong detergent, failing that get the shotgun if it's crows, jackdaws - ravens are protected.

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