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 Posted: Sun Mar 15th, 2015 10:55 am
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Tramcar Trev

Joined: Sat Mar 16th, 2013
Location: Gordon ACT, Australia
Posts: 399
I had 3 magpies that repeatedly ripped down my overhead. It was really getting to me
I went back to animal training basics. If you try and stop a dog chewing your shoes by hitting it with a newspaper all that will achieve is that the dog will develop an aversion to newspapers
Enter the magpies, I took a length of conduit and jammed an air duster in one end. Load some ballast aka small gravel
Ok simply aim the tube at the fence not at theirs and squeeze the airduster trigger, gravel hits the fence and peppers the damned birds.Took five training sessions and the birds sat on the fence and eyed off the gravel. They have now given up and have not been seen for five days. Victory is mine, I can repair the overhead and get on with it.

There once was a man who said Damn!!
I perceive with regret that I am
A creature that moves
in predestinate groves
I'm not a Bus, I'm a tram
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 Posted: Sun Mar 15th, 2015 10:17 pm
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Mr Stumpy

Joined: Sat Nov 2nd, 2013
Posts: 138
I started doing Garden Railways back in the mid-eighties. Before long, I had become familiar with ALL the local wildlife and a few "domesticated" ones! It was an education as a model railroader who had never before considered such a thing.

Dogs and cats were one thing, but deer, squirrels,raccoons, ground hogs, possums, field mice, and crows also visited the railroad and did minor damage. The rodent types liked to dig in the track ballast and chew structures. Dogs left "puppy bombs" on the track, which was real fun to clean out of a steam loco! The field mice even took up semi-permanent residence in a Pola station and raised a couple of families in there over a couple of winters! Since I didn't often run winter operations, I evicted them in the Spring.

On the advice of a local farmer, I bought a couple of pounds of black pepper and spread it around the perimeter of the layout. This usually deterred the ground creatures long enough that they got "trained" not come there. Deer and birds paid no attention of course.

No really serious damage was ever done, but it was a minor and continuous aggravation. The animals seemed to think I'd built them an amusement park!

The "park" was closed down at the end of summer in 1997 when I changed scales and moved back indoors.

Stumpy in Ahia:old dude:

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 Posted: Mon Mar 16th, 2015 01:06 am
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Herb Kephart

Joined: Thu Jul 19th, 2007
Location: Glen Mills, Pennsylvania USA
Posts: 5980
Another very good reason why I never built smaller than 1½''/ft. outdoors!


Fix it again, Mr Gates--it still works!"
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