*Possible B&M thread*
I'm seriously getting sick of magpies and crows. They invade my yard and leave nothing but a trail of carnage and bird shit.
I'm currently growing Mulberry trees (both white and black) and I've only managed to get about 3 off it, when 50+ have matured. The fucking magpies eat them straight off the tree! I was sitting inside watching them do this. They also eat my strawberries and cherry tomatoes. I have tried every method to get rid of them (besides killing them) but it just isn't working. Today, I saw the last straw. They were sitting on my clothesline, trying to pull my socks off it! Seriously, what the fuck? I suppose they were trying it to get threads or something for their nests, but come on. If this keeps goin on, I'm getting my slingshot out.
I hate senseless killing of animals, and generally will only kill if I intend to eat them. But magpie tastes like shit (I know from experience) and I'm just over their bullshit.
tl;dr magpies and crows, FUCK OFF
I've tried a number of deterrents, but none have worked. Time to get some DT25....
No more crows.
I think this is actually a serious idea if you replace cage with bird net and complex with tree.
We used to use black cotton stretched over the strawberries with bits of tin foil tied to it. that was quite effective.
I attached foil to both my trees with 6lb fishing line. Had little to no effect. Foil was still there, but the mulberries were still going.
Thanks again for that website.
This video seems good.
Crows here are considered a pest (UK) due to them reproducing at a huge rate, and if you are going to shoot them with a 12ft/lb air rifle, aim for the head. Not only is it more humane, but they are practically indestructable.