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I live in the sticks. I have problems with crows tearing into my garbage bags sitting by the road waiting for the garbage men to pick up. Short of shooting them, what can I do?

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b G

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That's scary -- must be our profession. After reading your post, my first instinct was suggest building something to enclose the trash. Or better yet, quote you a price.... Something with a "barrel" dormer maybe?

Dave

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To beck with the garbage! Where I live it was a really big mistake to leave my lunch in the back of my 1-ton. The lunch was all over the driveway in about 15 minutes and they even opened the can of Coke.

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To heck with the garbage! Where I live it was a really big mistake to leave my lunch in the back of my 1-ton. The lunch was all over the driveway in about 15 minutes and they even opened the can of Coke.

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Cover it up, Gordy.

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Mark:

YOU think it was a mistake to leave it in the back of your truck?! It was an even bigger mistake for me to eat it! And, you didn't even put any Tums in there for me.

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I've waited 68 years to tell this story re Crows.

My uncle, now deceased, was entertainment director at the Tulsa (OK) Hotel in the late '20s and early '30's.

About 25 miles east ot Tulsa there was a lot of trouble on a farmer's acreage when hundreds of crows began to roost at night in a concentrated area of the farmer's trees.

Farmer tried the usual "scare 'em off" tricks without results.

So when my Uncle, a big bird hunter, heard about this problem, he helped the farmer arrange to place dynamite beneath loads of small rocks, it was called "chat" in those days, and then one night they ignited the dynamite. Killed dang near everyone of those Crows.

Somehow, one of the cooks at the Hotel Tulsa got hold of one of the crows and when my Uncle sat down to dinner next evening, they served him crow.

He said it tasted awful.

I love helping solve these builders' problems, don't you?

William

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Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll try spraying the bags with a cleaning agent. See if it works for me. I would keep the bags in Rubbermaid trash cans, but we only get the trash picked up once every two weeks. With two kids in diapers, we have a lot of garbage bags for the trash guys. I would probably need at least six cans, don't want to mess with that many. Also cannot burn trash here due to subdivision restrictions.

I heard once that to keep squirrels from eating bird seed you mix in some black pepper. Seems that birds don't have taste buds, so pepper doesn't bother them. I would think Kai's suggestion would not work then. Also think that it would hack off the garbage men to have to handle that stinky mess on the bags.

b G

b I'm not a politician, but I play one on TV

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Steve, you just gave me my Saturday project. I'll try the sporting good stores first, maybe my local Orschlen's might have an owl. Man, I'm getting excited now!

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b Drink Beer, Watch Crows Get Pi***d!

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I'm having trouble finding a fake owl. Do you suppose a farm supply place might have them?

Joe H, could you make your link "hot"?

b G

b Coming Down From My Crow Shi**ing High

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Dude, Forget the fake owls, crows are smarter than Hillary. It maybe a pain but good trash cans are the way to go. You could also move into the country as all the crows moved into the suburbs.

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a plastic hillary would scare off the trashmen, besides there must be a subdivision restriction on that......eh G?

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Tomorrow is trash day. I still haven't found an owl, so I'm going to try spraying the bags with 409. I put the garbage out at 6:30 when I leave for work, and I think the trashmen come by at 10:30. So there's four hours for the buggers to tear it up. My guess is their smelling the diapers in the bags and trying to get to the baby crap. I do have a lead on an owl at a garden place, just haven't made it there yet. Will get it and see in two weeks when trash is picked up again. Thanks for all the suggestions.

b G

b I've always been crazy but it keeps me from going insane.....Waylon Jennings

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buy trashcans you idiot.

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Just a quick note---Forget about the Owl. I have a very realistic one in my garden and it don't keep nothing out. It sounds good but just don't work. Save your money for bird shot.
Travis

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Listen up, [MEAN JOBSITE WORD]. Read my posts above. I don't want to mess with six trash cans. Now get off my case or I'll beat you like a step-headed redchild!

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b Now you're messing with a son of a [CUTE LITTLE PUPPY] - Nazereth

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Frank,
No the 409 didn't work. The little buggers only tore into one trash bag, but my wife had to clean it up. Guess who got bloody hell when he got home from work. I heard from a different board that dried potato flakes can kill birds. I guess they swell up inside them. I think this is a myth like the whole throwing rice at weddings is. I would use birdshot on them, but I think Missouri has a season on crows. I think it ended sometime in spring. Besides, I don't have the patience to wait on them. I'm thinking of some kind of poison bait for them, but I don't want to kill the other birds.

b G

b I think I'll just stay here and drink - Merle Haggard

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Luka, my man, you've got it. Now, what do I use?

b G

b I sang dixie while he died - Dwight Yoakum

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Gordon, those crows aren't really there for the baby[JOBSITE WORD]; they are just killing time , waiting to fly your black soul back to hell. It's really not so bad. I'll show you around...

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Take thy beak from out my heart
Take thy form from of my Door

Quoth the Raven

Nevermore

Edgar Alen Poe had a similar problem

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In Cape Breton, people throw a rug over their garbage. Better than killing birds?

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I live in the sticks. I have problems with crows tearing into my garbage bags sitting by the road waiting for the garbage men to pick up. Short of shooting them, what can I do?

b Bald Men Make Better Lovers!

b G

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Scarecrow? Closed container?

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I have a similar problem with a slight twist. I have squirrels that are eating my trash cans. I have the Rubbermaid Roughneck type, and squirrels are eating holes in the lids. I am not imagining this, as I have sat and watched them. I'm not as nice as G Gordon Liddy. Ready, aim, fire! Only a pellet gun though. Ah, remnants of a misguided youth. Lucky for the vermin I'm a lousy shot.

Metal cans aren't an option as they are favorites among (ahem) Refuse Engineers for denting, throwing, and other damaging acts.

Sean

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Personally i've always thought that just because an animal was hungry, and opportunistic wasn't justification to kill em. I love birds including crows, starlings, etc. Obviously a better trash can is in order.

joe d

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i I have the Rubbermaid Roughneck type, and squirrels are eating holes in the lids

What is it w/squirrels? Our beach squirrels eat through any exposed rubber(?)-covered wire on cars' undercarriages. I wonder if someone in one of the gardening forums might have a suggestion. Maybe some nuts scattered about?

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I spend time in Atlantic Canada during the summer where very aggressive gulls and crows will tear apart bags of garbage in minutes. Most folks there have small enclosed stockades made out of 2x4s and lattice with a hinged top to store their garbage. This may be overkill but it works.

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If regular metal garbage cans are too flimsy, get 55 gallon drums with the tops removed. Great for burning garbage too.

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kai - Obviously you are in the
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forum if you are looking for 'nuts scattered about.' :)

b Been there, done that, can't remember

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I think I just saw this topic buried in a thread on Cooks Talk board. One suggestion was ammonia poured over the bags. Maybe a tablespoon of ammonia poured over the rubbermaid would help too.

The Rubbermaid solved our problem of crows in Northern VA. The squirrels have not learned to eat through the containers yet at the new house, but I keep the containers in the garage except on trash day.

The rats in the city of Richmond eat through the plastic super cans.

Frank

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G. Gordon Liddy:

Jeez man, use some of that hush money you got from Nixon, and hire some plumbers to shoot the rascals. There must be some out of work CIA'ers willing to work for you this time.

Or, put some bread into a large bowl of milk and add about 12 hits of LSD (you must have some stash from Timothy Leary, after all these years), and let the mix dry. Spread it out on the ground, and the Crows will be flying into things. Great fun! You can also substitute snail poison, but that might kill some good birds.

I love these questions, as they really challenge our building skills.