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Birds Problem: Droppings and "Stealing" Orchid Roots

This is a discussion on Birds Problem: Droppings and "Stealing" Orchid Roots within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton I wouldn't do the cat thing. They can do ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    I wouldn't do the cat thing. They can do a lot of damage chasing things through plants.
    The pigeons are already doing enough damage. Pigeons do not like cats, plus the cats can usually reach the nests or just chase away the pigeons. I have four cats (and 6 dogs) and a house full of plants. The cats have never damaged any of them. Only an occasional dog tail might knock off a branch or a plant on a low shelf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sciencegal View Post
    The pigeons are already doing enough damage. Pigeons do not like cats, plus the cats can usually reach the nests or just chase away the pigeons. I have four cats (and 6 dogs) and a house full of plants. The cats have never damaged any of them. Only an occasional dog tail might knock off a branch or a plant on a low shelf.
    On the other hand, I have seen a cat chase a mouse across a greenhouse bench and do hundreds of dollars in damage in a few seconds. I've also had them fighting in my garden and take out a row of peppers and most of a row of okra. I like cats but they should never be allowed outdoors or in any other situation where a lot of damage can be done.

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    The pigeon problem had been solved for now. I stopped feeding them. If they came I startle them with loud noise or if I am watering my plants, I spray them with water. They managed to lay a couple of eggs after mating on the lamp post every evening (yes, they gave me free show), but too bad all of the eggs fall off. I don't know if pigeons are clever because when they lay eggs their rear are facing the wrong direction. When they try to poop, their rear will face out of the nest - they did the same when they lay eggs. My father said pigeons are bad at making their own nest. Or perhaps they are just not experienced at laying eggs?

    I almost lost my Phalaenopsis Purple Gem as the pigeon snapped the crown but it tried to put out side keiki now. Almost all of my Phalaenopsis have ugly leaves now - holes on leaves. They also feed on my Gastrochilus retrocallus bud. However, quite relief for the time being. It is all in the past now. Hope they will not come bothering my orchids again.

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    I used to keep racing pigeons Azizan and yes, inexperienced birds often miss the nest site when they lay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    I used to keep racing pigeons Azizan and yes, inexperienced birds often miss the nest site when they lay.
    I feel sorry for them but its kind of funny when an egg literally fall in front of you then breaks on the ground. The pigeon was like "I'm gonna take a dump on you!" But then, "Oh, there goes my egg..."

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