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Ye Atithi Kab Jayenge?

I’ve found myself in a real fix right now and I hope that by the time you finish reading this you can suggest some resolution for my predicament.

We’ve all heard about ‘nesting’, and about how would-be mothers of all species strive to create a cosy and comfy environment for their little ones and make sure they’re very well looked after. It sounds very sweet and emotional, but this same thing has become a hindrance for me.

One thing that I got as a house-warming present (unwarned as it was) for our new home was a bunch of pigeons who consider our balcony their permanent residence. We have three balconies and all of them have at least two or more of these creatures hanging around them at all times.

I tried not to obsess or panic and just let them be, but accepting the muck these pigeons spread is a bit too much, especially with a kid in the house. Added to that the constant clamor and that fluttering of feathers is impossible to bear. I’m kind of petrified that some day they might break some window glass with their constant banging against them. Honestly it is sometimes frightening, for my son as well as for me.

As if all this wasn’t enough these pigeons have started laying legs eggs (oops!!) in our balcony and the clutter has increased even more. They’re also destroying my plants, crapping on them and devastating my rose buds. I try to scare them away but they come back in no time since their young ones are still in there.

As a kid I remember being impressed with and marvel at how meticulously and strenously these birds build their nests on tree branches. The guilt of us humans cutting down trees to make way for creating homes for us and robbing all these birds of their own homes took over me and I took it all with a bold demeanor till now. I’m a mother myself and I can understand this motherly concern, even if it is regarding them.

Something however needs to be done about this before these visitors become our permanent non-paying guests and we become unofficial caretakers of their current as well as future generations.

I’m clueless. Can you help me arrive at a proper conclusion?

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  1. My my! I can imagine the mess these birds would be making at your balcony. They can be a real menace if their numbers keep growing unattended.I would reckon, you need to disturb the places they enjoy staying most. Try to irritate them off whenever you can. Give them a feeling that it's you who is n in charge.I don't think any bird would risk it's eggs at a place where she is scared to stay.I hope this problem resolves soon :)Cheers!!

  2. laying legs?? :othe above suggestion might work. Or, u can keep em as pets by making pigeonholes on the wall near ur balcony…though wid a kid in the house, it wouldn't be such a good idea…all i can do is feel sympathetic to u! best of luck! made a good read at least 🙂

  3. Hey Bunty…it was a typo…and I didn't even realise it when I glanced over my post twice before posting it :PThanks! 😀

  4. Hey CB…thanks for the suggestion…I think that might work…in fact I can't come up with anything else myself…will surely imply it 🙂

  5. aww..I guess this problem won't a have particular solution 🙁 Let them just be there na…and put some rules to their living at your balcony..they will understand and adjust…after all they are birds and not humans 🙂

  6. I think you're right Nu…I can't bring myself to just scare them away from there…somehow we need to adjust..

  7. I dont have any suggestions for you. I never came across this and really, i am at a loss to find you a solution. Sorry…

  8. Oh yes. While I am a nature lover and big admirer of all living things, I totally get what you're saying, especially about pigeons. (My aunt had the same problem).They can be real pests.Tried googling for a solution? 😛 Cheerspreeti

  9. Hey Preeti…no haven't googled as yet…honestly until this became such a pain I didn't expect it to be a big deal :PAnd to add to my woes, hubby dearest wants me to just leave them alone..great!

  10. well, I had same problem ….but some day ..from nowhere a cat visited my home and now bird are out of question.They have left.:)

  11. Hey Makk…awww…the birds got scared or did the cat eat them up???That leaves me with one more question, what about the cat now? :PWelcome to my blog 🙂

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