Sulphur Crested Cockies & Western Red Cedar

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Subject: Sulphur Crested Cockies & Western Red Cedar
From: "Brian Edis" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 13:57:35 +1000
Has anyone any suggestions as to how to handle the extraordinary damage sulphur crested cockatoos can do to western red cedar structures?
I am contemplating buying a home adjacent to National Forest in the Otway ranges. It has western red cedar doors, windows and frames as well as cladding. The current owners have recently entirely replaced the doors and had extensive repairs to the framing in order to make it presentable, but within a couple of weeks there is damage to the new timber, and it is plain one would need to have some answer to the problem to think of buying the place. It would be a holiday home and will not be occupied for periods of up to two or three weeks at a time, so there would not be a tenant to keep an eye out for those pesky birds.
Is there any reliable paint or stain which can put them off? Can an ultrasound device work? Obviously replacement with alternative timber or metal fittings could be done but would be expensive.
I am tempted to use netting draped over the verandah of the home whilst nobody is in attendance; but this will require some sort of curtain support with ropes and pullies to make it practical.
Brian Edis

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