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Gojubrian 06-11-2009 01:31 PM

Little help with little birdies
 
Here's the scoop. I have a huge backyard with two 4month old great danes in it. They pretty much live by the back door most of the time when they're not roaming. I feed them pretty well with top of the line large breed puppy food. BUT, the stinkin' birds just won't stay away from the food no matter what I do. I put it right next to the house and they just wait til' I close the door to swoop in. My dogs don't care to share either,lol.

How do I deal with these pesky birds?

Yunus 06-11-2009 01:46 PM

Air rifle if you can't use anything larger.

Do the birds actually take the food away or just nibble on it at the bowl? If they are taking it and it's the small pieces maybe try a brand that has larger chunks, might be to big for them to eat.

Jo da Plumbr 06-11-2009 01:50 PM

At about 8 or 9 months old I stopped free feeding my dogs. They now get one meal a day in the evening. If they don't eat it in half an hour I pick it up. For the danes probably twice a day, check with your vet.

RL357Mag 06-11-2009 01:51 PM

Good luck! Feed the dogs inside. Do the birds "eat like a bird"? If so, how much can they consume...

IGETEVEN 06-11-2009 01:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yunus (Post 115824)
Air rifle if you can't use anything larger.

Do the birds actually take the food away or just nibble on it at the bowl? If they are taking it and it's the small pieces maybe try a brand that has larger chunks, might be to big for them to eat.

You can try what Yunus suggests, it might just work, but the only sure two things that will work, is feed him in his doghouse, if he has one, or get a CAT. The cat will chase off them birds, catch a few, and even bring them in the house to show you his trophy, lets it loose and then you can chase the damn bird around the house. At least ours does this. I wish you luck, we have the same problem, but the cat keeps most birds away.

Jack

SIGe-nox 06-11-2009 02:00 PM

LOL try the alkaseltzer trick. Break up alkaseltzer into halfs and put it in pieces of bread and when the birds come throw the bread out. when they eat it......BOOM they will fly away and explode. Pretty funny site to see. Thats what we did with the pidgeons in my back yard....:p

orangello 06-11-2009 02:06 PM

Maybe some plastic netting from Lowes could be helpful for the dogs' dining room. http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productList&N=4294961544&Ne=4294967294& Ntk=i_products&Ntt=bird+netting Maybe some old school shiny pie plates like in the garden?

You might consider elevating the food bowls to make it easier on the doggies' necks, if you don't.

Gojubrian 06-11-2009 02:12 PM

Lots of good suggestions! I'm getting the elevated dishes as soon as the pups get taller. At 4months they are as tall as labs and weigh 50+lbs.

I'd like to shoot the birds, but dang, there is alot of them and of all types. They take the dogfood with them.

Timed feedings might be the answer, liked the doghouse one too, but when the elevated dishes gets here that won't do. hmmmmmm......

Gojubrian 06-11-2009 02:13 PM

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Originally Posted by orangello (Post 115838)
Maybe some plastic netting from Lowes could be helpful for the dogs' dining room. http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productList&N=4294961544&Ne=4294967294& Ntk=i_products&Ntt=bird+netting Maybe some old school shiny pie plates like in the garden?

You might consider elevating the food bowls to make it easier on the doggies' necks, if you don't.

That might just work. :)

Benning Boy 06-11-2009 02:33 PM

If it's chicken flavored dog food, does that make them little bird cannibals?

I mean, I just wanna know.


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