How Can I Get Rid of the Magpies but Keep the Rest of the Birds?

June 6, 2005

Black billed magpieWe have all sorts of beautiful birds in our backyard: finches, wrens, quail, robins, and they all seem to get along just fine. We enjoy watching them and feeding them. But now a group of magpies has settled in the area and chase the birds away from their feeders, and will even divebomb our dogs if they get too close! Any idea on how to chase the magpies away but without killing them and to ensure that the rest of the birdies stay?


Nicole from Ontario


By Deb (Guest Post)
June 7, 20062 found this helpful
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I had a similar problem with magpies and squirrels eating the largest portion of the birdseed I left out for the little birds. I was filling the birdfeeder every 3 days and spending a lot of money on seed.

Finally, I went to Walmart and found a silo shaped feeder made out of plexiglass (or some sort of thick plastic). It has several ports in it that only small birds can access.

The crows and magpies don't even try. I only have to fill the birdfeed every 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the time of year.

Note: I tried using the thin plastic silo feeders which worked for a while, but were eventually torn apart by either the squirrels or magpies and crows. It's worth spending the extra money ($30.00) to get a sturdy one.

Now all I have to do is try to figure out how to keep the magpies out of the suet feeder.

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May 1, 20083 found this helpful
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We have this problem as well and the folk at our City (Calgary) helpline recommended the following (humane) options.

Keep a loaded water gun handy on the deck and shoot the birds whenever you see them. (Pellets or scatter shot from other types of guns could harm neighbours.)


Plant marigolds. Magpies are averse to strong odours. Scatter moth balls around your yard.

Ask your butcher for scraps and lace the meat with hot peppers or pepper spray. You may wish to do this only when you can keep an eye on the bait to ensure no other animals or small children come in contact with it.

Good luck!

Rose Anne

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April 26, 20153 found this helpful
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I found that hanging CDs on the clothes line (so they can spin in the breeze) keeps them away. The reflected light scares them, and does them no harm.

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By Hal (Guest Post)
October 2, 20052 found this helpful

Go on the internet. go to search engine "Dogpile" type in Magpie trap you should be able to find what you are looking for there. It is a round chicken wire trap. Catch and release type.


Good luck

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By karen (Guest Post)
July 31, 20070 found this helpful

How can I get rid of the magpies but keep the rest of the birds?

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February 7, 20160 found this helpful

I have the same problem and the number of magpies has trebled in the last year. I have found this advice from the UK Bird Watch Society. Hang CD disc's in trees, Magpies don't like the way they reflect light. move the CD's regularly so the magpies don't become use to them. Tape recordings of distress calls of crows can also be effective. I'm going to hang out some CD's today, fingers crossed it works.

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June 3, 20160 found this helpful

Edbury: A great way of making some use of the many cds we all have accumulated.

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June 11, 20160 found this helpful

I feel really hateful to magpies in our garden, other years they have killed the parent of babies in our bird box and the babies died. We now have a next across the road and we are pestered with Magpies all the time, I hate them, I just want to stop them from eating all the small birds food.

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September 30, 20160 found this helpful

Sweet idea.. Slight problem.. I did that and the birds seemed to like it.. so I put out a few more meat chunks with the hottest hot sauce I could find on it and the mags are still coming around... Hot peppers and hot sauce do NOTHING at least with the mags around my area.. I'm in Calgary and these mags like the hot sauce as much as I do... Go figure... ... lol



The only thing the hot sauce works on are Squirrels... I put a line of Siracha sauce on the deck railing beside and under the tray feeder and when the squirrels came to steal peanuts, their paws and backside got a warm surprise... Good thing: That squirrel is still coming around but no longer going to the food tray :)

They are taking the peanuts that I put out for the Bluejays.. This morning I had 4 mags land on my deck scaring away 2 blues and about half a dozen smaller birds..

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December 20, 20160 found this helpful

We put up 2 cd's hanging from different trees near our feeder last year and it worked great. Now they are back and not afraid of the cd's. We tried moving them but had no success with that.


We are trying to get them with a pellet gun but they fly off as soon as they see us. They are smart pests!

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January 8, 20170 found this helpful

Magpie trap

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May 29, 20170 found this helpful

What does the laser pen do? The light scares them?

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April 30, 20180 found this helpful

Iv had robins all year round and finches normal small birds iv got conifers which they play in ,they dont fisapear ,I kno when strange ones come ,iv got 0.4 yrs old ,but we have been plagued with pigeons magpies ,we r losing our own can u help please

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May 28, 20180 found this helpful

Cds do not work

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July 10, 20180 found this helpful

This did not work for me.

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October 30, 20190 found this helpful

Doesn't that scare away everyone??

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June 30, 20200 found this helpful

Will this scare my small birds away?

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June 23, 20220 found this helpful

I have magpies, (dozens of them) eating the food of an elderly pony. She has lost so much weight as a esult. She is fed in her stable but they still go ion, eat her food and peck holes in her too. I have cds hanging over the door, a scarecrow and constantly chasing them off.


I am desperate. Some of the bird people have suggested tying balloons to her, covering her in parrafin, mustard and standing there with a football rattle! HELP!!!!

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