Birdy, birdy in the sky, why’d you do that in my eye?

Dear Home-Ec 101,

It seems that the birds are talking in my neighborhood….what’s the twittering about? “There’s a neighborhood swimming hole AND buffet.” Yup, it’s true, all the little birds are coming to my house to swim, bathe, and snack in the DOGS WATER DISH! Every day I have to swab the back deck with an assigned birdie-poop mop….eeewwwww! As if this weren’t enough, they’re pecking at my 5-gallon buckets of tomato plants (there are four/two-cherry & two-beef steak)!!!

I already have several bird-feeders, not too close to the “birdie-entertainment center.”

How do I stop this?!?!?!

Signed….Bring your own towel!

Wink Ivy says:

My first thought was to put little bird heads on stakes all over the place, but I don’t want PETA coming after me, so don’t try that. Heads on stakes is my favorite method of making things stay away, but I never can get over the gory part. I’d make a terrible revolutionary/dictator, I suppose.

At any rate, you want to make the place a lot less attractive to the birds. One thing that might work is a loud, shiny set of wind chimes. I have wind chimes on my front porch and the birds have stayed far away ever since I hung it.

If that doesn’t keep them away, I’d try to catch them in the act and bang something really loud every time I saw them out there. Maybe eventually they’d get the hint? If all else fails, try the heads-on-stakes method, just don’t tell PETA.


  1. bramble on June 22, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    my gma had one and swore by it but i think it would probably depend on what type of birds you’re using. my thought with them is they might work short term but birds aren’t as dumb as we think. scarecrows only work short term becasue the clothes you put on them smell like people. once the smell wears off, bring on the crows. i imagine the owls would be the same way, once they realize it’s fake, back they come.

  2. Christopher on June 21, 2007 at 1:28 am

    I’ve always wondered how well those fake owls work. A former coworker had a terrible woodpecker problem and I suggested he get some inflatable owls, but I never heard if he did or how it worked. Anyone ever try those?

  3. bramble on June 20, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    you can get wire cages to put over your tomatoes to keep the birds out as well! i’ve also had luck taking all those old CD’s that aol sends you free in the mail and tying them around my plants so they blow int he wind. te reflecting light seems to scare off the birds.