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    • mickyduck
    • By mickyduck 13th Mar 17, 1:07 PM
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    Pigeons nesting under my panels
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    Pigeons nesting under my panels 13th Mar 17 at 1:07 PM
    I have a pair of pigeons nesting under my solar panels. Any recommendations on how to persuade them to "move on". They are particularly noisy cooing away and I an concerned that they may damage something. I am asking here as I am sure other people must have had this issue?
    3.995kWP SSW facing. Commissioned 7 July 2011. 24 degree pitch + Solar Immersion installed May 2013
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    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 13th Mar 17, 3:07 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 3:07 PM
    5.6mm(.22") lead!

    Less drastic, but more expensive, https://www.birdspikesonline.co.uk/Bird-Spikes/Defender-Bird-Solar-Panel-Spike
    Last edited by Cardew; 13-03-2017 at 3:26 PM.
    • theboylard
    • By theboylard 13th Mar 17, 6:05 PM
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    So much yes Cardew - I've got 6 pigeons cohabiting under my panels.

    Used a neighbours v. nice air rifle last year to scare them off, but they are persistent! Wasn't allowed to actually aim at the birds, the boss said so.
    Bought a dirt cheap bb gun, which was a compromise with the the curent Mrs theboylard, but it's not powerful enough, and if I actually managed to hit a pigeon they just look like they are ready to rumble...



    Also they make so much noise these flying rats - but I've read somewhere that it's illegal to shoot pigeons?

    Holding off acquiring said pop gun until I know the full position!!

    I have looked at the various bird proofing methods but it's not cheap, and again the boss won't let me up a ladder to do it cheaply!

    (Maybe if a few of us have similar problems, we club together and get a rifle and just pass it around bewtween us??!!)
    4kWp, SSE, 16 x 250w EcoFuture BoB with retro-fitted SolarEdge P300 optimisers & SE3500 Inverter, in occasionally sunny Corby, Northants.
    • Lorian
    • By Lorian 13th Mar 17, 6:08 PM
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    Supersoaker (got to be a good one to get the range) couple of times just before and after dusk for about a week and they'll go find somewhere else to live in my experience. even near them and they will take off and circle.
    • ajbell
    • By ajbell 13th Mar 17, 6:27 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 6:27 PM
    Throw a cat on your roof?.
    4kWp, South facing, 16 x phono solar panels, Solis inverter, Lincolnshire.
    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 13th Mar 17, 10:00 PM
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    Holding off acquiring said pop gun until I know the full position!!
    Originally posted by theboylard
    Paintball marker? Know anyone local who might own one? But dial the pressure down a bit or the effect would be similar to the 5.56 round ....... but more 'flamboyant'.
    Just 'call me Mart'. Cardiff. 5.58 kWp PV systems (2.4 ESE & 1.18 ESE & 2.0 WNW)

    For general PV advice please see the PV FAQ thread on the Green & Ethical Board.
    • mickyduck
    • By mickyduck 14th Mar 17, 2:12 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 2:12 PM
    I already have the necessary .22 but worried that my aim may not be perfect and the last thing I want is a hole in my panels....

    I have a very long Karcher extending pole but the angle is all wrong, washes the underside of the panels so will try adding a flexible joint to try get the pesky things without having to climb onto the roof.....

    Total cost to date £100.. but at least I can now wash my fascia and sofit without a ladder
    3.995kWP SSW facing. Commissioned 7 July 2011. 24 degree pitch + Solar Immersion installed May 2013
    • mickyduck
    • By mickyduck 14th Mar 17, 2:19 PM
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    5.6mm(.22") lead!

    Less drastic, but more expensive, https://www.birdspikesonline.co.uk/Bird-Spikes/Defender-Bird-Solar-Panel-Spike
    Originally posted by Cardew
    I have 17 panels covering almost all of my roof........ this would be VERY expensive
    3.995kWP SSW facing. Commissioned 7 July 2011. 24 degree pitch + Solar Immersion installed May 2013
    • mickyduck
    • By mickyduck 21st Mar 17, 9:56 AM
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    • 21st Mar 17, 9:56 AM
    Not seen them for the last two days.. avoided the "lead" solution just disturbed their nest by climbing onto the roof and breaking it down every other day.... hope they live happily ever after elsewhere
    3.995kWP SSW facing. Commissioned 7 July 2011. 24 degree pitch + Solar Immersion installed May 2013
    • theboylard
    • By theboylard 29th Mar 17, 11:47 AM
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    Mwhahahaha....

    Roofer was doing a neighbours ridge tiles so I went and bothered him!

    Pigeon nests gone for a case of beer

    Got some very sad looking pigeons, just need to keep them away now!
    4kWp, SSE, 16 x 250w EcoFuture BoB with retro-fitted SolarEdge P300 optimisers & SE3500 Inverter, in occasionally sunny Corby, Northants.
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