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Iím not a hard guy to get along with , but my neighbour is driving me crazy .

My neighbour , a retired nurse and Born Again Christian , has a bird feeder in the tree on my side of the property in the front yard , as she wants all heavens creatures to be fed, but as long as their not crapping all over her property.
She is very easily offended and can go from feeling blessed to a total mental breakdown at the drop of a hat , so Iím trying to do this as diplomatically as possible .

I mentioned to her that they had to deploy a Hazmat team in Toronto, as a virus from pigeon fecal matter had killed two people last fall.
But she just fills up the bird feeder regardless . I wish I never mentioned anything,and just threw the feeder in the garbage at work , but it would be pretty obvious at this point .
I googled it,and pigeon crap is acidic and destroys your house shingles also .
I havenít asked her about moving it to her side of the tree yet , but I donít know how much that is going to help, as I believe the birds prefer my house as it is cottage style and it gives them a better view of danger . I open my door and theirs always about a dozen on my roof after she fills the feeder .
I swear sheís got a percentage of Downs ,and there is no solution . I googled it,and apparently thereís bird feeders that have less access to larger birds, but this isnít the issue ,as Iíve watched and the small birds are scattering the birdseed on the ground with the pigeons soon to follow .

Now Iím thinking one of those motion detection water sprayers . Has anyone had success with a certain brand?
I donít want it to detect the small birds on the feeder that are approx four feet up , but shoot the pigeons on the ground below the feeder .
Does this sound like a possible solution, other than moving ?

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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i live with a retired nurse. i know how they can be

so she comes in your yard to fill the feeder or is it a condo/duplex kinda thing? go out there tonight and nail that sucker on her side
perhaps moving to a house with an insulated garage kills two birds with one stone so to speak

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Slingshot with BBs, quieter than a pellet rifle - altho the do sell them with built-in suppressors.
Get a hungry cat or two.
I like the water idea, just make sure it is very high pressure.
A wire mat on the ground, hooked up to a batter or something.
Tell her the pigeons are delicious.
Motion detector loud horn.
Put cracked corn out for them. After soaking them in alcohol.
Fully automatic BB gun.
Explosives?
Tell her you read that pigeons are excellent fish bait, and you are going to go into business selling bait.

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Rick - is the tree on your property or is it on her property with branches overhanging your property line?

If the bird feeder is in the branches that are on your side, how did she put them there? Did she enter your property to do so?

Is the tree is on your property, but she put the feeder on the branches that overhang her property?

Hmmmmm????

Anyway, if the tree is on her property but branches overhang your property, you have to the right, to a certain extent, to trim the branches that overhang your property. There may be some caveats to that so you should probably contact your by-law office.

If she is as unreasonable as it seems, telling her about hazmat, etc. isn't going to faze her. So, depending on the actual circumstances, if the bird feeder overhangs your property, either ask her to remove it or remove it yourself and give it back to her.

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Vince , there’s no fence and the tree is on the property line . I just talked with her and we moved it to the other side .
I suspect it’s not going to help though , but it will be interesting to see if they congregate on my roof when they come.
I just opened my front door and the entire flock was in mid flight and seen me , so they made a bee line for my neighbor’s roof across the street .
This is actually keeping me up at nights lol.




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pellet gun
scarecrow

i live with a retired nurse. i know how they can be

so she comes in your yard to fill the feeder or is it a condo/duplex kinda thing? go out there tonight and nail that sucker on her side
perhaps moving to a house with an insulated garage kills two birds with one stone so to speak
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Slingshot with BBs, quieter than a pellet rifle - altho the do sell them with built-in suppressors.
Get a hungry cat or two.
I like the water idea, just make sure it is very high pressure.
A wire mat on the ground, hooked up to a batter or something.
Tell her the pigeons are delicious.
Motion detector loud horn.
Put cracked corn out for them. After soaking them in alcohol.
Fully automatic BB gun.
Explosives?
Tell her you read that pigeons are excellent fish bait, and you are going to go into business selling bait.
Dang , I never thought about a sling shot , that would have worked to . This day and age though , if you get caught in the act , there will be a lynch mob at your house once it makes YouTube lol.

I really need an acreage . 40 acres and a 10’ concrete fence around the perimeter
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OK, glad you worked it out - be careful with the psychotic nurse, though - they have access to meds - don't accept any drinks from her.

40 acres and a 10' fence is considered a compound - you'll open your own Branch Davidians and they'll start calling you David Koresh.

On the bright side, if enough birds congregate on your place and drop enough poop, you might not need insulation. Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Any friends who live on the coast that might be able to advise on how they keep seagulls off their roofs?

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Stationary Owl decoys work for a little while but then they finally figure out they are fake. We had them in one hanger when I worked at Gulfstream to keep the pigeons out of the hanger and off the planes and once they figured out they weren't real they would sit right next to them. Then poop on the plans on the way out to find food. They do make some that move when the detect movement but I don't know that they work either.

Oh! Put a Santa and reindeer on your roof that spin around in the wind. And you'll be ready for Christmas that way.
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