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geewizz
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Peshky Crowsh

I've got crows trying to nest in my chimney. They're persistent, I'll give them that. They started last week and I was quick to get the brushes up the lum to dislodge any ongoing grand designs. A huge pile of twigs came down and I expected that to be the end of it.
These guys had other ideas though and they were back at it the next day. The brushes came out again and I dislodged their new ground floor plan. There was a great deal of cawing which could have been dismay or defiance. I'm no expert in avian languages.
And so the battle continued. The crows collected twigs and deposited them down the chimney pot. I cleared the resulting, soot laden debris and dumped it in the field over the road.
After a few days I began to recognise the same twigs reappearing in the grate so I began to keep the twigs in a bucket. The bucket proved too small to cope with the quantity of material that these birds were shifting. And so it is that I find myself sitting here with a full bin bag of twigs on the hearth and the last rod of the brush set dangling from the chimney breast.
I'm very tempted to just let them build their nest. I could wait a few weeks, light a fire on the Sunday morning and have roasted crow and eggs for lunch, delivered by gravity.
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Bob_Milton
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Re: Pesky Crows

Haven't you twigged it is nothing to crow about?
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Re: Pesky Crows

Leave the brush up the chimney, about 1 foot below the top, the crows will make their nest on top of the brush, give them a fortnight holiday let, then stick the last pole on the end, shove hard, and launch them into space.....  Cheesy
Before you do that, set your video camera up to record the event, then put it on U-Tube, under the title "Caw shun, chimney sweeping in progress" Wink  Wink Wink
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Re: Pesky Crows

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"Caw shun, chimney sweeping in progress" Wink  Wink ; )

ROFL
geewizz
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Re: Pesky Crows

Ha ha! I love the "Caw shun" pun!
I've already got as far as the leaving-the-brush-in-place part of the plan., hence the "last rod of the brush set dangling from the chimney breast". 
But your suggestion to have a video camera capturing the moment of eviction is an inspiration. I'm sootably impressed.
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Re: Pesky Crows

Thought it might be an "uplifting"  experience for the start of the day  Grin  Grin  Roll eyes
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Re: Pesky Crows

At risk of bringing this thread back to earth  Grin Grin one way out of the problem is to fix a wire mesh conical cover over the chimney so that the crows don't have a flat surface to start from.
nadger
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Re: Pesky Crows

The film could be worth £250 on Harry Hill's TV show Crazy
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Re: Pesky Crows

Just been for a quick "google" and came up with this site......
http://www.tomthechimneysweep.co.uk/services.htm#cowling

I expect you have Jackdaws nesting, and not crows, but they are both big and black...
A poem.........
There were two crows up in a tree,
They were as black as black could be,
said one black crow, unto the other,
you are a black enamelled b***er !
Cheesy Grin Cheesy
geewizz
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Re: Pesky Crows

He he.
The chimney pot is not just your bog standard  ones. It has three side flues and it's these that the crows are using to get in and out and on which to secure their first twigs. I will get mesh affixed to the chimney pot but not until the annual roof repairs are done because it needs specialist equipment to get across the slate roof. It's a listed building and any damage to the slates costs a fortune to put right.
Do you think a cheque from Harry Hill for £250 will pay for a security guard to protect me from the animal rights protestors?
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Re: Pesky Crows

How about you put a cat (probably a kitten due to size restraints) on top of the brush before you shove it up?
That way you could claim its a natural process, and not cruel at all.
Huh
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Re: Pesky Crows

I believe orbrey might have a highly trained specialist assassin kitten available for hire - see his avatar......
B.
geewizz
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Re: Pesky Crows

Grin
If only I could find the cat. He was behind those veal crates earlier but I have no idea where he went after that because I got distracted with force feeding the geese.
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Re: Pesky Crows

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orbrey might have a highly trained specialist assassin kitten available for hire

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Damn right. Only highly trained ninja kittens have the reflexes and stamina to dance on helicopter blades for days on end.
geewizz
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Re: Pesky Crows

Cheat! That's a different kitten every time the page loads.
You can't fool me.