How to keep magpies away..

malk

Well-known Member
Hi there,
Our house is Every morning,getting visits on our dorma windows,from magpies,i wouldnt normally care,but they are noisy,with that horrible creeching noise,and sit on our guttering,which is now bowed,so leaking.
The noise they make in the mornings is terrible,amd it seems theres more every week,im hoping someone has some tips,on how to keep the horrid little fekkers at bay.
Cheers.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
I don't mind any birds visiting us, our house is on the edge of a wood and all the gardens have mature oaks, ash and beech in them. The magpies go into our guttering and pick up moss and leaves throwing them down onto the conservatory roof which makes quite a noise.

Very rarely I'm woken by the birds, the dawn chorus in the spring can be quite spectacular. I do find that jays are far more noiesy than the magpies and just love the Welsh name for jays, sgrech-y-coed (screech in the woods).

If you live in an urban area then your pretty well stuffed as the birds will use the roofs to daytime roost, especially if there are no raptors around.
 

Ari33

Active Member
shoot them
Magpies are notoriously difficult to shoot and a lot smarter than you'd believe. One sight of a rifle and they move out fast. The best method I found was to put out a magpie decoy (stuffed magpie), it makes them go absolutely crazy having a stranger on their patch and they nearly always come down to remonstrate with it... then pop a few before they realise what is going on. job done.

Go to Airgun BBS website, put up an ad or post requesting help and you will more than likely receive a few offers to help sort out your pest problem.
 

Robothamster

Distinguished Member
Personally I wouldn't shoot them as I happen to like Magpies, but just bear in mind that you are only allowed to shoot them if they are in your property and you must ensure the pellets you fire do not go outside of your properties boundaries.
 

malk

Well-known Member
id love to shoot them,but,alas,im a bit of a karma beliver,5-6am,id love a pellet,right thru the stanky birds eyes(blimey!!)but,they are sooo noisy,poncing about on the gutter,,ack ackking away,really doing me in.
i was in town,and have noticed the pigeon ones,the spikes,but im thinking that the magpies,are a bit more hardcore,and would try to peck them off?
I dont know,but round here(north swindon)theyre lovin it,seems to be a nice mix of "woodland"and suburbia,best of both worlds for them.
seem to be getting more and more,everytime im in the car,im constantly doing the anti-one magpie thing,(mines dabbing the end of my finger on my tongue,then ,closing one eye,like a sniper,and crossing it out,)all the time.
I dont how people can like these crazy birds,theyre noisy,clumsy,dont know if they look very pretty either..(bit like my ex).
they need outing....get the burning sticks,and clubs....

Im going to have a look at the spikes ,ive got to sort the gutter out,so itd be a good idea to do that as well.
 
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simon ess

Well-known Member
I love magpies. But then, I'm a sucker for all living things.

Understand the problem though, and why you need a solution.

Do those model birds of prey work, do you think?

Can't help feeling magpies are too bright to be fooled.
 

malk

Well-known Member
Theres no way i would want one of them mad birds caught in a trap,im scared of spiders,let alone an insane black and white vulture in a box!!what would i do with it anywys?theres loads of em round here!!
Itd take me weeks to catch em all!!

Im going to try a dodgy owl thing,put that on a perch(lol),i never know it might work.
But i think its going to be spikes on the windows,gutters and roof of the dorma.
 
The bowing gutter is probably a bit sludgy and has a fair few worms crawling about in it. Don't ask me how they get there, but they do!

Anyhow, another name for "worms in gutters" is "magpie food".

Perhaps it's time to clean them out or even replace them if they are sagging enough to warrant it?
 

malk

Well-known Member
Mmmm.interesting,i did clean my gutters out,a few months ago,and there was a bit of mud,and some worms too,so i suppose,thats what the birds are after?or are now,looking for.
I didnt realize,i thought they where just hanging out on my house.!!
They are everywhere round here though,its not just my house,seems to be a flux of black and white birds..
Deffo need some spikes then,...
 

nheather

Distinguished Member
There may be a legality problem with shooting them.

Not actually shooting them as they are one of the vermin that you are freely allowed to dispose of, but the logistics of ensuring that any pellets remain inside your property boundary.

If they are sitting on the roof, there is a good chance that any missed shot will leave your boundary and probably enter someone else's - you could be in serious trouble then.

Also, no matter how legal it is, standing in your garden shooting at birds may upset the neighbours which could result in a visit from the police aswell.

Cheers,

Nigel
 

tvbox

Distinguished Member
How to keep magpies away? Leave them alone.
How are they annoying? I always put bread and rice out for them every morning, and they're quite funny to watch when they fight with each other.
And some of you are just evil- 'shoot them'- are you mad? You could accidentally shoot your window, car or someone.

I'll get my coat.
 

ukdan

Active Member
Obviously I would not be shooting them off your roof lol.
Don't fancy a visit by armed police.
It would have to be done in your garden and only if safe to do so.
That's assuming they decide to go in your garden too.
 

nheather

Distinguished Member
We get plenty of pigeons and squirrels in my garden. Thought about having a pop at one with my air rifle but haven't because

(i) I'm not confident I could head shot every time and I believe it is an unwritten law (certianly one that I agree with) that you must be confident of despatching with a single shot.

(ii) It probably is fine, but I'd prefer to be using a .22 rather than my .177 to make sure of a kill.

(iii) My daughter would never speak to me again if she found out.

Besides, I don't really like the idea of killing even if they are classed as vermin.

So will have to stick to my knock down rat target.

Cheers,

Nigel
 
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Bobdk

Active Member
Magpies are awful birds. A couple of months back I spotted one in my garden eating a blue-tit. They will kill and eat all the smaller more attractive birds that they can catch, especially the baby birds. Personally I would shoot them if I could.
 

signs

Banned
Magpies are awful birds. A couple of months back I spotted one in my garden eating a blue-tit. They will kill and eat all the smaller more attractive birds that they can catch, especially the baby birds. Personally I would shoot them if I could.

Totally true , nasty nasty birds , it's not often I get so worked up about things but I hate these birds.
 

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