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PIGEONS

Identification & Biology of Pigeons:

 

  • 300-350mmm in size
  • 275-550gm in weight
  • Blue-greys, red, black in colour

 

 

 

Breeding throughout the year, the feral pigeon normal clutch is made up of two off white eggs which are laid on consecutive days. The incubation period is 18-19 days. The squab (baby pigeon) is fed twice a day. When the first young are only 20 days old, further eggs can be laid, with 4-5 broods being the average per year. In other words one female pigeon can potentially produce up to 100 eggs a year.

Where pigeons live & how they affect you:

Feral pigeons will nest almost exclusively on buildings & at height, accounting for why this pest has adjusted so well to cities & towns from its origins as a cliff dwelling bird. The fouling of buildings will often occur in places where they roost & nest. Chemicals in stone work react with the acidic droppings creating erosion & destruction of the surfaces. Amass of these droppings can harbour infestations of mites & insects. Pigeons carry many diseases, notably Chiamdiosis, a virus similar to influenza, and Psittacosis, similar to pneumonia and Extrinsic Allergic Alveolus’s (Pigeon Fancier’s Lung) to name but a few.

Control measures for pigeons:

Dealing with a pigeon infestation will frequently call for a blend of products & methods. Ledge applications will require a coil, spring wire or bird point, all of which are extremely valuable in accomplishing control measures. Two inch netting is required for exclusion work, with woven or knotted netting used for larger spaces. Exclusion work should ideally be teamed with some method of flock dispersal, for example trapping or shooting. Reducing the flock is never a long term answer as food & appealing shelter remain at the site.