Feral pigeons are found in towns and cities all over the world. They can also be found in rural areas, such as farms. Due to their dependance on humans for food they have become a serious pest.
Length 31-34 cm. Weight 230-560g. Plumage can vary consierdably, from pure white, through to various colour combinations including resemblance to that of the original rock dove.
The feral pigeon is descended from domesticated strains of the rock dove. They have adapted extremely well to life in an urban environment.
They build their nests in sheltered, protected sites on and even in buildings and other structures. Their nests can often be found in eves of buildings as well as under bridges. Other common breeding sites, include lofts of houses and commercial premises. Both sexes take part in nest building. Nests are usually constructed from a wide variety of materials, including twigs, grass, feathers, plastic items and wires. When used for successive broods, the nests ma become well-defined structures often with a considerable thickness of droppings.
In favourable conditions these birds will breed throughout the years.They can have up to seven broods, although their main breeding season will be March to July. Two white eggs are normally laid per brood.
Eggs normally hatch after 17-19 days from which the young birds will be independant at 30-37 days. Their natural instict will be to stay close to their birth site. Young birds can start to breed at six months and will live up to four years in the wild.
Pigeons feed in flocks with a distinct territory. Within a flock there is a distinct social order; the dominant birds feed first and get the best breeding sites.
Microbee solutions offered:
Proofing is always the most effective and long term solution to any bird problem. Exclusion netting can offer protection to a larger area then any of the other solutions.
This is mainly for ledge and edge protection. These do not harm the bird but simply make the surface uncomfortable for birds to roost on.
These work the same as spiking but are more used in low pressure infestation levels.
This system is similar to netting. It is used to proof smaller areas where netting is impractical.
Electric ledge deterrent
Another edge and ledge protection system. This system is designed for areas where the client does not want anything visible installed although this is a costly system.
Other options available but not recommended include:
Cleaning and serilising services
We can offer cleaning of bulk pigeon fouling and nests as well as sterilisation of the areas. Please note that due to the corrosive nature of pigeon fouling there may be residual stains that we would not be able to remove without damaging the surface.
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