I have become abit of an anorak since retiring last summer, about the greedy crows and magpies gulping back my expensive bird food from the table/feeders.


I have an elaborate system of string tied around the table now, which works pretty well.


However! I have just received a BB gun I sent off for online! It was only around £25 including 500 pellets, and is pretty rubbish power and aim wise, BUT the crows/magpies seem to be getting the message. They do NOT like it!


I (sadly!) wait inside my upstairs bedroom window, gun fully loaded, and wait……….( if I load the gun when they appear, they hear it and vamoose! Quick learners, them darn crows!) Think I hit a magpie the other day- he hopped across the garden, turned to where he had been- his face was a picture! Shock/horror! And flew off pronto. So there’s an idea for you.


Cheap, effective, harmless……and Fun! (Oh, yes it is!) Get the rifle form- better aiming. Mine is spring loaded, no need for gas cylinder refills



Hello Anita,
I agree – we can waste so much money buying bird food for the garden birds only to see it eaten by crows / mapgies / rooks – and so on!

A BB gun. I’ll have to find out more about them.

I think that everyone who puts bird food out has a ‘bird feeding clock’ that they go by, so I can understand why you wait for them to appear.  they are birds of habit and if they know what is going to be waiting for them they should surely stop visiting you.

Farmers use a loud ‘banger’.  I’ve forgotten the proper name for it.  It is on a timer and lets off a very loud noise every so often.  It does it automatically so it can be left without human help and automatically frightens crows and rooks away




  1. Issy

    Hi Trisha,

    Your predicament made me laugh as its so reminiscent of my retired husband. He’s behaving exactly like yourself, waiting for the crows and magpies, then chasing them away. So I desperation I’ve been searching to find ways that we can stop these birds from helping themselves from our feeders.
    We’ve decided to try the upsi down hanging basket over the feed trays and to buy more cages for the hanging feeders.
    Fingers crossed this works, but what will my husband spend his time doing if it does????

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