Culling Futillity

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Subject: Culling Futillity
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 17:00:28 +1100
Dear All,

I have been involved in several programs to control birds that have become pests, most involving culling. What struck me the most about culling was that it was rather like making a fist with your hand, pushing the fist into a bucket of water, then withdrawing the fist in the expectation of leaving a hole in the water. Yes you can leave a hole, but not for very long.

I have found that the only real solution is to use some method to attract the birds away from the affected areas, such as by using decoy feeds. Rather like the method used by Orchardists in Orange, NSW that Terry Bishop described in his recent post. But with members of the Cacatuidae, control can be very, very difficult. I have seen people on the verge of a mental breakdown trying to control the little darlings.


Carl Clifford

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