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Feeding Birds without Feeding Pigeons

I love feeding the birds and squirrels but in doing so get tons of pigeons and they take over my bird feeders. How can I feed my birds but not welcome pigeons? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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Noreen from Wyandotte, Mi

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By Noreen (Guest Post)
August 17, 20070 found this helpful

I know the difference between pidgeons and doves--I have them both and love the doves. I helped circulate petitions to help stop the doves from being hunted on our last election in Michigan and the doves won!

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By (Guest Post)
August 23, 20070 found this helpful

Pigeons need love too. If you still prefer to pigeon-hole certain bird types, perhaps you could post a sign that says "NO PIGEONS ALLOWED"? You could try writing it in pigeon-english.

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October 25, 20170 found this helpful

I would have no problem with pigeons, per say. The problem arises with the fact that it's not only a few birds. If allowed to stay, the few become 25 then 50 then more and the birds you are actually seeking to feed can't eat because the numerous and gluttonous pigeons eat everything!

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March 18, 20180 found this helpful

Hi..I also have a problem with pigeans eating my bird feed...love feeding the small birds. The pigeons are awful....I put an fake owl out by the feeder and it seems to help.

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May 9, 20180 found this helpful

Funny! Re: pigeons, I live in the city; they leave so much, and I mean so much bird doo on my Terrace.

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It's kind of sad because I can't feed all the lovely birds out there except for the bluebirds to whom I give peanuts.

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August 30, 20180 found this helpful

Pigeons are as bad as rats, they poo everywhere, keep other birds at bay and gorge on the bird seed. My suggestion to the person that says put up a sign in pigeon language should post their address so the pigeons can converge on the wise asses house. Pigeons are a health problem, and Clark county should spend money to help eliminate the problem.

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October 15, 20180 found this helpful

I DO NOT WANT THE PIGEONS DISTROYING MY BIRD FEEDERS BY HANGING ON TO IT. WHAT CAN I DO?

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Anonymous
October 31, 20180 found this helpful

Doesn't the owl scare the other birds away ?

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December 10, 20180 found this helpful

I tried the Owl decoy, but it only worked for a few days. If you have a round feeder, get a pack of plastic tie downs (I used 7 1/2 inch) and attach them onto a flat bungee cord with a 1 inch spacing.

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Wrap the cord around the feeder so the tie downs are pointing slightly up. Pigeons hate it but smaller birds have no problem.

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March 5, 20190 found this helpful

I too had a problem with pigeons PIGon out on my feeder. I Put some cedar shakes on the roof or lid that was low enough for the NOT to be able to land on Yet Tall enough for the smaller birds to FEED. Good Luck

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May 1, 20190 found this helpful

I'm trying to get rid of the Chipmunks and I don't want to poison them or the ground!

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By srose (Guest Post)
September 24, 20070 found this helpful

What a bunch of pigeon/dove lovers here! Doesn't seem that anyone is interested in answering the question.
The bird store where I buy my seed told me to not to buy the seed with millet (the small round yellow seed) in it. It worked for me for a number of months. I just put my birdfeeder out a few days ago (being away all summer) and after two days the pigeons and doves are back.

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Anonymous
November 18, 20180 found this helpful

I agree the pigeons hog all the food from the small birds.

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By samfran (Guest Post)
November 24, 20080 found this helpful

I like pigeons just don't want them eating all the birdseed. They chase away the birds and I'll have a back yard full of pigeons. I used to get a varity of birds.

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Anonymous
December 18, 20150 found this helpful

Pigeons are an absolute nuisance! I have doves, pigeons, native wild birds and squirrels. The pigeons eat all the food and poop everywhere.

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I am trying to find a way to feed the squirrels as I have squirrel proof bird feeders but still want to feed squirrels without pigeons eating everything.

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November 27, 20160 found this helpful

not to mention the poooooooooooooooooo they leave EVERYWHERE they are a very dirty bird

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February 25, 20190 found this helpful

Hello, I found the way to KEEP out the BRILLIANT Squirrels BUT, The Dadburn Doves and pigeons eat all the food. They PIG OUT and the Huge bird feeder is empty in a day. IF you have away to KEEP OUT the Doves and "PIGeons" PLEASE POST. Any how I Made a pulley system for my bird feeder suspended between two trees. I ran some trout line (thin enough so the Squirrels can climb on)between the 2 trees then hooked a pulley hanging from one tree and a line from the pulley to the feeder.

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The from the pulley to the feeder is anchored at one tree at one tree so, when you want to fill the feeder you simply unhook the line dropping the feeder FILL n Re-hook. TRUST ME it Works !!!!!!! At first The squirrels were HOARDING the feeder. They would jump fro other branches on top of the feeder and PIG Out. TRY it you WILL BE HAPPY.

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