Birds

If you are experiencing any problems with the birds listed below please give us a call. We use all the latest systems and preventative measures which will suit your requirements, and we will work with your budget to find the best cost effective solution for you the individual or company.

  • Woodpigeon
  • Crow
  • Jackdaw
  • Collard Dove
  • Magpie
  • Rook
  • Jay
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Herring
  • Great Blacked-backed Gull
  • Canada Goose

 

Pigeons

Feral Pigeon “Columba livia var”

Feral Pigeon

  • Length 31-34 cm. Weight 230-560g.
  • The Feral Pigeon is descended from a domesticated strain of the Rock Dove.
  • Pigeons are found all over the world be it towns, cities, rural areas, where there is a hint of food you will find a Pigeon.

Pigeons are a recognised pest bird problem, especially in built-up areas where food is in plentiful supply. They are very efficient at finding food. In town centres, they rely on food scrapes, spillage and feeding by the public. Each bird eats around 50g per day, and produces about 12kg of droppings per year. Flock sizes vary from 50 to 400 but can be larger or smaller depending on the availability of food within the territory. They are renowned for overnight roosting and do this for many hours at a time, causing and creating huge piles of hazardous droppings that no one wants to see.

The key requirement for building a nest is that it is sheltered from the elements. Due to this reason you will find Pigeons in all manner of places looking for that shelter, buildings, (especially derelict) structures, roof voids, under bridges, lofts of houses. The list goes on. Both sexes take part in building the nest, and if conditions are favourable, Feral Pigeons will breed throughout the year, having up to 7 broods. The main breeding period is March-July when about 40% of birds are in breeding condition at any one time. Two white eggs are laid and incubated by both sexes for 17-19 days. The young birds are independent at 30-37 days, but there natural instinct is to stay near the birth site. This now allows the female pigeon to lay more eggs. The young can start breeding at 6 months old, and in the wild a pigeon lives up to 4 years.

Feral Pigeons are linked to various Air-Borne Diseases which are;

  • Chlamydia psittaci. Human infection is called ornithosis; symptoms include chills, fever, sweating, severe weakness, headache, blurred vision, pneumonia, possibly death.

    Cryptococcus neoformans. Normally a bout of Flu, but individuals with damaged or suppressed immune system, severs systemic infections including pneumonia and meningitis can develop and sometime even death.

  • Histoplasma capsulatum. Symptoms can include fever, chest pains, cough, pneumonia, and meningitis.

  • Allergenic particles. Know as Bird Fancier’s Lung (Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis) it occurs among bird keepers or people who have been exposed to airborne antigens in dust inhaled from bird infested areas. This comes in two forms Acute, intense flu-like symptoms of fever, chills, muscle ache, cough, and breathlessness. Chronic, pulmonary fibrosis is a type of irreversible lung damage. Symptoms include breathlessness on exertion, cough and weight loss. In extreme cases it can be fatal.

 

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