Bug Scout 1982
Flight Dirty to Beat Bird Problems
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
How much longer do we feed these birds before they reach market weight?
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February 6, 1982

It must have been a farmer who coined the phrase "dirty bird"!  Farm buildings and especially livestock feedlots are prime locations for bird concentrations.  These "dirty birds" are frequently starlings and to a lesser extent pigeons and sparrows.

Starlings tend to gather into flocks and cause problems during the winter months.  Sparrows, however, can be a nuisance during any season.

Bird control is not easy.  An integrated approach (using several tactics) is usually necessary.  Whenever possible, roosting or nesting sites should be eliminated.  Avoid feed spillage which attracts birds.  Persistence is the key to success.

Unless you like starling cacciatore, sparrow Kiev, or roast breast of pigeon, a bird control program in most feedlots would be profitable.

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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