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« on: May 16, 2008, 01:06:32 PM »

We have six dogs. The latest addition is a 10 week old Yorkie.
We have a dog door that all the dogs go in and out with.
The puppy is about 3lbs (about the size of a squirrel) and can go out and in on his own.
We have a falcon hanging around that has made two aborted attempts on the puppy. Once one of the older dogs stopped it and another time the puppy was too close in a corner fence and falcon didn't realize it until the last moment.
How to keep said puppy from inside said falcon's stomach? It's just not practical to close off the dog door. Trust me. That's a given. Of course we can go out every time we see the puppy go out and be with him but we don't always see him go out.
I have a shotgun handy not to shoot the falcon but to shoot in the air to scare him off until the puppy gets bigger.
There's also the goats out back but the falcon ignores them.
What options that I am not thinking of do I have?
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2008, 01:10:20 PM »

Release a bunch of squirrels with the puppy so the puppies chances are improved. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2008, 01:10:34 PM »

Puppy camo.
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2008, 01:11:34 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2008, 01:12:06 PM »

Move to civilization.
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2008, 01:44:02 PM »

Quote from: Austin on May 16, 2008, 01:10:20 PM

Release a bunch of squirrels with the puppy so the puppies chances are improved. 

Pepsi, meet monitor.
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2008, 01:47:32 PM »

Most puppies grow substancially as they get older but a Yorkie?  You have a life long protection detail here.  That dog is always going to look like a snack!
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2008, 01:48:16 PM »

Put a scarefalcon in your yard.
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2008, 01:54:02 PM »

Puppies, while bullshit, are cute!  nod
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2008, 01:57:59 PM »

Wait...you mean you've kept goats all this time and not trained them to kill?  I think you're going to be out a puppy then.
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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2008, 02:00:11 PM »

He'll grow taller but won't more than double his weight when he gets full grown.
Right now we're thinking of a bright shiny collar with a loud bell on it. If nothing else at least we can hear where he is/is not.
Could glue him to the ground I suppose. icon_confused
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« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2008, 02:02:01 PM »

Shoot the F'ing Bird. Or you can go find his nest and destroy it, Shoot that down instead. then it will be to busy finding\rebuilding a home to bother your dogie.
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« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2008, 02:14:54 PM »

Quote from: JuniorDan on May 16, 2008, 02:02:01 PM

Shoot the F'ing Bird.

+1.  you do have a gun, right?  icon_wink
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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2008, 02:15:39 PM »

Quote from: JuniorDan on May 16, 2008, 02:02:01 PM

Shoot the F'ing Bird. Or you can go find his nest and destroy it, Shoot that down instead. then it will be to busy finding\rebuilding a home to bother your dogie.


Or use the puppy for bait and collar the bird.  How cool would it be to have a Falcon? 
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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2008, 02:16:26 PM »

Is there a way to put a short "baby gate" in a doorway between the entry and the rest of the house so that he can't get to the doggy door but the older dogs could go over it?  
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« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2008, 02:21:27 PM »

Quote from: JuniorDan on May 16, 2008, 02:02:01 PM

Shoot the F'ing Bird. Or you can go find his nest and destroy it, Shoot that down instead. then it will be to busy finding\rebuilding a home to bother your dogie.


Many hawks are protected species, so unless you want a shot at a fine or jail time, I wouldn't advise this.
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« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2008, 02:22:29 PM »

Quote from: The Grue on May 16, 2008, 02:21:27 PM

Quote from: JuniorDan on May 16, 2008, 02:02:01 PM

Shoot the F'ing Bird. Or you can go find his nest and destroy it, Shoot that down instead. then it will be to busy finding\rebuilding a home to bother your dogie.


Many hawks are protected species, so unless you want a shot at a fine or jail time, I wouldn't advise this.

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« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2008, 02:24:52 PM »

I like the scarefalcon in the yard.  Use some old cloths and build yourself a fake Wife to put out there.
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« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2008, 02:48:40 PM »

I guess I could put a big dummy out there. I wonder what my neighbor is doing today?  nod
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« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2008, 03:01:50 PM »

Quote from: dbt1949 on May 16, 2008, 02:48:40 PM

I guess I could put a big dummy out there. I wonder what my neighbor is doing today?  nod
What kind of pay are you offering?  I have a long summer break and extra income is always welcome. icon_lol
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« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2008, 03:21:09 PM »

Quote from: JuniorDan on May 16, 2008, 02:02:01 PM

Shoot the F'ing Bird. Or you can go find his nest and destroy it, Shoot that down instead. then it will be to busy finding\rebuilding a home to bother your dogie.


spray ddt around the nest.
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« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2008, 03:21:24 PM »

A couple more:
Buy a R/C plane/helicopter and buzz the bird.
Buy a flock of pigeons.
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« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2008, 03:26:29 PM »

Quote from: Moliere on May 16, 2008, 03:21:09 PM

Quote from: JuniorDan on May 16, 2008, 02:02:01 PM

Shoot the F'ing Bird. Or you can go find his nest and destroy it, Shoot that down instead. then it will be to busy finding\rebuilding a home to bother your dogie.


spray ddt around the nest.

Again, not advisable due to laws and both solutions kind of say something about both of you.
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« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2008, 03:26:40 PM »

Build a paper mache exoskeleton for the dog that makes it look like a huge german shepherd.
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« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2008, 03:28:34 PM »

Quote from: kratz on May 16, 2008, 03:26:40 PM

Build a paper mache exoskeleton for the dog that makes it look like a huge german shepherd.

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« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2008, 03:41:35 PM »

Take old soup cans to make a suit of armor for the dog.

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« Reply #27 on: May 16, 2008, 03:43:44 PM »

get one of those robo puppies, load it with C4, let it loose, wait until the falcon has it in it's talons and detonate.
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« Reply #28 on: May 16, 2008, 03:45:17 PM »

You need a better airforce, since the falcon owns the air right now.

Get an eagle.
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« Reply #29 on: May 16, 2008, 03:56:36 PM »

Quote from: Zekester on May 16, 2008, 03:45:17 PM

You need a better airforce, since the falcon owns the air right now.

Get an eagle.

Raptor > Eagle
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« Reply #30 on: May 16, 2008, 04:18:19 PM »

Probably just not let him go out. Keep him in another area of the house and gate off the area that leads out. Otherwise it may just be a matter of time.
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« Reply #31 on: May 16, 2008, 05:14:04 PM »

Clearly the answer is to find and train your very own Great Horned Owl, one of the only known enemies of a Falcon.
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« Reply #32 on: May 16, 2008, 06:08:11 PM »

Actually we have a Great Horned Owl that sits on our roof almost every night. Seen him carry away the neighbor's cat once. icon_eek
The falcon has just been hanging around the last few days and then is gone by early evening when the owl comes out. Saw the owl get a crow once too.
We have crows that run away the falcon sometimes. I guess there's just something about a murder of crows.
Fortunately the puppy is ascared of the dark and stays in then. icon_wink
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« Reply #33 on: May 16, 2008, 06:11:37 PM »

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Seen him carry away the neighbor's cat once.

That's it......i'm getting my very own owl so that it will carry my neighbors cat away too! No more cat piss smell in my yard, and no more dirty paw prints on the hood of my car!  thumbsup
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« Reply #34 on: May 16, 2008, 06:13:35 PM »

Actually now that I think of it they sell Great Horned Owl "scarecrows" type of things for keeping birds out of you garden in some of the garden stores around here.  That might be worth a try.
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« Reply #35 on: May 16, 2008, 06:21:00 PM »

Roof your yard.   icon_wink
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« Reply #36 on: May 16, 2008, 06:22:31 PM »

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« Reply #37 on: May 16, 2008, 06:59:05 PM »

Quote from: dbt1949 on May 16, 2008, 06:13:35 PM

Actually now that I think of it they sell Great Horned Owl "scarecrows" type of things for keeping birds out of you garden in some of the garden stores around here.  That might be worth a try.

Probably an easier option than training one.  From what I have found the Great Horned Owl appears to be the only enemy of a Falcon.
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« Reply #38 on: May 16, 2008, 07:02:50 PM »

Maybe you could invent something like that mechanical owl from Clash of the Titans?

Hell, i'd buy one off of ya.
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« Reply #39 on: May 16, 2008, 07:06:35 PM »

Quote from: dbt1949 on May 16, 2008, 06:13:35 PM

Actually now that I think of it they sell Great Horned Owl "scarecrows" type of things for keeping birds out of you garden in some of the garden stores around here.  That might be worth a try.
+1  I don't know if it will affect the falcon but several gas stations in the area have those owls set up to keep the pigeons away and it seems to work pretty well.
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