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Old 04-05-2011, 03:58 PM   #1
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My gf's house has a bunch of crows on the roof pecking loudly. Has anyone ever encounter this before? Any ideas that work, that won't result in 5 crows diving for me face as I scream like a girl and run for cover? Or should I just call animal control? Or do they even deal with this?
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:06 PM   #2
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I shoot them with a small bb gun....haven't done any harm but tends to scare them off for a few days....now seagulls took over....ugh.
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:11 PM   #3
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:28 PM   #4
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my work uses a seagull call thing to get rid of them.
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:40 PM   #5
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I vote pellet gun
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:25 PM   #6
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Pellet gun makes sense, but I don't know whether or not you want to actually kill them... You might actually have to hit them to get the idea across.

If you're local (in Vancouver), I've got a pellet gun and pellets you can borrow for a couple days to get it done. I'm not much for killing things, and I've got better toys to play with, so I rarely use it aside from attacking the occasional pop can...
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:22 PM   #7
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We used to use fake owls to keep the crows away, even pretty crudely hand carved owls will often do the trick. Hardware or farm stores will usually have them. Snakes will work as well.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:23 PM   #8
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:11 PM   #9
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I shoot them with a small bb gun....haven't done any harm but tends to scare them off for a few days....now seagulls took over....ugh.
I mentioned a bb gun, which my gf actually liked(given the fact her dad has one and she also has does range shooting)

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my work uses a seagull call thing to get rid of them.
Interesting. Got any more info on this thingy majig?

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Pellet gun makes sense, but I don't know whether or not you want to actually kill them... You might actually have to hit them to get the idea across.

If you're local (in Vancouver), I've got a pellet gun and pellets you can borrow for a couple days to get it done. I'm not much for killing things, and I've got better toys to play with, so I rarely use it aside from attacking the occasional pop can...
I don't know about the killing part, only cause I would have to be the one cleaning them up afterwards. I just don't want to have them come back and decide to pull some "Angry Birds" on her family (mom and grandma) and her little dog and most importantly attack our newly purchased car.

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It's funny, I googled that on my blackberry but I never came across that link...some good info on there.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:32 PM   #10
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I agree, I'd rather not kill them either. If that seagull call works, that may be your best bet, but like anything it'll probably take a few times before the crows get the hint and stay away for good.

If you've got access to a BB or pellet gun, give that a shot too (no pun intended)... Again, I rarely use my pellet gun, so you're welcome to borrow it. It's a pump type, so you can adjust the pressure. I've also got wadcutter pellets, so if you do it on low power they might just give the birds a good whack and annoy them, instead of penetrating the skin.

Or, borrow a friend's (or neighbour's) cat and toss it up on the roof... that might get the birds away in a hurry.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:19 AM   #11
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I have only experimented with green lasers but crows really hate then. Doesn't seem to affect other birds. Clean and kind of fun. Just watch out for aircraft.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:23 AM   #12
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paintball gun?
doubt it would kill them, but man would it give them a shock
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:43 AM   #13
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Airsoft. Have fun. Just don't use the all black ones or SWAT may show up
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:31 AM   #14
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call animal control first and see what they recommend.

as an owner of two birds, i don't think shooting them right off the bat is the best choice
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:08 AM   #15
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Shoot the bastards ! They taste just like chicken !
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:52 AM   #16
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Or, borrow a friend's (or neighbour's) cat and toss it up on the roof... that might get the birds away in a hurry.
My neighbor's cat gets picked on pretty badly by the crows around here. Although he does bring to my doorstep dead birds as presents from time to time.

I'd go with the BB gun and after a few encounters they should have learned or bring back an army the likes of which you have never seen!
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:58 AM   #17
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This is one of the many videos proving their intelligence

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Old 04-06-2011, 07:06 AM   #18
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no idea about the seagull call thing. all i know is that its like a speaker that periodically goes off.
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:53 AM   #19
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We used to use fake owls to keep the crows away, even pretty crudely hand carved owls will often do the trick. Hardware or farm stores will usually have them. Snakes will work as well.
our work uses this as well, works like a charm put a fake owl up. if you get 2 one on each side is the best. the dam crows and seagulls just sit across the street looking at the owls all day and stay clear of our building
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:29 AM   #20
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Aside from finding ways to get rid of them, as anyone mentioned why they might be there in the first place? Is there moss on the roof, is the roof made of wood shingles? Try to figure out why the enjoy pecking on the roof so much and see if the reason for them being there can be removed \ fixed \ cleaned up.
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:17 PM   #21
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Aside from finding ways to get rid of them, as anyone mentioned why they might be there in the first place? Is there moss on the roof, is the roof made of wood shingles? Try to figure out why the enjoy pecking on the roof so much and see if the reason for them being there can be removed \ fixed \ cleaned up.
That's where I would start as well.

Find out the cause of why they are on your roof in the first place and solve that problem...

Crow's will then move on!
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:14 PM   #22
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Crows as pointed out are pretty smart, hurting them with bb guns only put your gf, her family and yourself at target. They will bring more crows to help and attack you whenever they see you leave the house...

My car use to get attacked by crows all the time, they would land on the spoiler and scratch the ship out of it...

Just leave them or find out why they like the roof so much. Crows are very social and when one of them gets killed on the side of the road you can see alot of them fly around it mourning it's death. If you were to injure a few on the roof you would just end up with more.

I use to think it was fun to shoot birds with bb guns in my teenage days but now feel sorry for animals in distress, while they can be pesky and make alot of noise they are all around us and not decreasing in number. You could probally get in alot of trouble if someone saw you shooting at the animals with the bb gun.

Don't get me wrong I am not trying to tell you what to do but just stating an opinion.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:46 AM   #23
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paintball gun?
doubt it would kill them, but man would it give them a shock
I don't think her mom would like a multi colored roof, given my poor shot from a marker

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call animal control first and see what they recommend.

as an owner of two birds, i don't think shooting them right off the bat is the best choice
According to her, she "apparently" suggested Animal Control in the beginning........I don't remember

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Aside from finding ways to get rid of them, as anyone mentioned why they might be there in the first place? Is there moss on the roof, is the roof made of wood shingles? Try to figure out why the enjoy pecking on the roof so much and see if the reason for them being there can be removed \ fixed \ cleaned up.
I haven't been by her house since the wknd, but from what I know, there isn't any moss and her roof is that typical tar(?) shingles(sorry, not a roofer) I think they are pecking at spiders and insects. From what I've read, more times than none, that's why crows peck at rooftops.

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Crows as pointed out are pretty smart, hurting them with bb guns only put your gf, her family and yourself at target. They will bring more crows to help and attack you whenever they see you leave the house...

My car use to get attacked by crows all the time, they would land on the spoiler and scratch the ship out of it...

Just leave them or find out why they like the roof so much. Crows are very social and when one of them gets killed on the side of the road you can see alot of them fly around it mourning it's death. If you were to injure a few on the roof you would just end up with more.

I use to think it was fun to shoot birds with bb guns in my teenage days but now feel sorry for animals in distress, while they can be pesky and make alot of noise they are all around us and not decreasing in number. You could probally get in alot of trouble if someone saw you shooting at the animals with the bb gun.

Don't get me wrong I am not trying to tell you what to do but just stating an opinion.
Yeah, that's the only thing I'm worried about, having them come back and dive bomb her or worse, her mom or grandma(who is always in the front yard) or her defenseless Pekinese dog....

I think we are gonna see what Animal Control can do first
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Them buggers are pretty smart birds. Used to manage a local airport's wildlife control and occasionally bombed around on the runways with the WRX firing screechers & bangers. Despite the relatively large number of crows, we've never recorded a single birdstrike.
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...occasionally bombed around on the runways with the WRX firing screechers & bangers...
Off topic, but that sounds awesome... I'd love to take my car out onto a runway and tear around for a bit.

Back on topic: Any news from animal control? If they can't do anything about it, I would suggest trying the fake owls, as mentioned above... seems like the cheapest, most humane, and hopefully most effective method.
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