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Robins in cherries

Industrial

Health/safety hazards

Industrial - Warehouses, WWTP, Oil/Gas Refinery

Night Roosts (Crows, Starlings, BlackBirds, Ect), Pigeon Removal, Food Manufaturing

Pigeons, Starlings, and grackles and create quite a nucence  when they get together as a group. This can happen during migration or year round.


Refinery - These pest birds tend to roost on/in the refining structures for warmth, and shelter. Waste from these birds can damage expensive equipment, create a safety hazards, and potentially pose health risks.~~These site are all a problem in both rural and urban sites because of health concerns, filth, extreme noise, and odor. In addition, slippery accumulations of droppings pose safety hazards at industrial structures, and the acidity of droppings is corrosive.


City Areas/Office Buildings/Parking Lots - 

Large roosts of Crows, Starlings, Blackbirds, and Grackles that occur in the city tend to prefer large buildings—office buildings and warehouses, industrial complexes and bridges, or in trees near homes and city parks for roost sites. These site are all a problem in both rural and urban sites because of health concerns, filth, extreme noise, and odor.  In addition, slippery accumulations of droppings pose safety hazards at industrial structures, and the acidity of droppings is corrosive. The nuisance bird species that roost near airports create a safety problem, with the possibility of the bird getting sucked into the aircraft engines. One of the more serious health concerns that starlings have is the "fungal respiratory disease histoplasmosis. The fungus Histoplasma capsulatum can grow in soils under bird roosts, and spores become airborne in dry weather, especially when the site is disturbed. Histoplasmosis, in its most extreme state can cause blindness and/or death.


During the day these large flocks of nuisance birds can create problems by feeding at local businesses, in parking lots, at food manufacturing facilities, pet food manufacturing facilities, or local ag producers.


We can help solve your problem through a combination of flying falcons, live trapping, and use of high power lasers at roost sites. By using falcons at roost time we can deter birds from coming in to roost at night. Lasers are used to get any nuisance birds out that do make it in. Trapping is a very valuable tool for removing pigeons during the day. By using a combination of tactics we can force these nuisance birds to find a new place to live/roost.


Crop Protection

Birds taking the food out of your mouth?

Crop Protection - Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Cherries, Grapes, Apples, Sunflowers, Corn, Rice, Pecans, Pistachios, ect.

Ag producers have long seen the damage that nuisance birds can and do inflict upon their crops. Robins, Starlings, Magpies, Ravens, Crows, Finches, Waxwings, and Black Birds just to name a few of the many nuisance bird species that inflict many millions of dollars of damage to crops each year. Losses as high as 30% are not uncommon in large farms. With total field loss possible to smaller farms.


Large flocks of birds can gather daily to feed, damaging a high percentage of the total crop. Propane cannons and shooting alone are ineffective. Poison is environmentally unfriendly and dangerous. Netting is very costly in materials and labor. All methods are often far less effective than quality falconry based bird abatement.


Falconry based bird abatement is 100% green and environmentally friendly. It is a quiet, non-invasive way to protect your crops. Best of all it is extremely effective if done properly. Nature has hard wired both predator and prey with basic knowledge. By using well trained and flown falcons we create a protection area by putting a hunting falcon in the air over the crops. By having several falcons "hunting" the area, nuisance birds will avoid the area keeping them from damaging valuable crops.

Our goal is not to actually harm any of the nuisance birds. But just to keep them away from your crops through intimidation and fear by showing them a falcon is hunting in the area. By using this knowledge we can keep nuisance birds from damaging your crops and putting more money in your pocket.  


By listening to customers needs and strategically looking at the area to protect we can design a plan flying falcons to create a predator zone keeping nuisance birds out of the crops. It is best to start protection around first color and go through final harvest. Falconry based bird control is very effective and we get bird damage down to an un-measureable level (0-2%)   


starlings at dairies

pigeon and starling droppings

blackbirds in sunflowers

Dairy/Feedlots

Starlings eating more than the cattle?

Every year commercial dairies and feed lots lose millions of dollars worth of feed, milk/meat production, and vet costs due to large flocks of sparrows, cowbirds, blackbirds, starlings, and pigeons.


It was estimated the starlings alone may cause $800 million in damage to agriculture annually. In 2011 starlings cost Pennsylvania dairy producers $10 million in annual feed losses. It is estimated that 1000 starlings can consume up to 630 lb of cattle feed for every hour spent foraging on facilities. The latest study in 2009 shows dairies reporting 1 to 1,000 birds spent $5.09 per cwt of milk produced, dairies reporting 1,001 to 10,000 birds spent $5.89 per cwt of milk produced, and dairies reporting more than 10,000 birds spent $6.99 per cwt of milk produced.


Among dairy operations reporting bird damage, feed spoilage was associated with bird abundance estimates. Dairies reporting 1 to 1,000 birds lost 4.2% to spoilage, dairies reporting 1,001 to 10,000 birds lost 5.2% to spoilage, and dairies reporting more than 10,000 birds lost 9.3% of their cattle feed to spoilage.


The economic effects of starlings include losses from consumption and spoilage of feed stocks, deterioration of feed nutrient quality through selective foraging, and corrosion of facility infrastructure from acidic excreta.


On top of feed loss starlings also asymptomatically carry bacterial pathogens, including Salmonella enterica and several Escherichia coli serotypes, harmful to both livestock and humans. ~The added veterinary costs incurred from starlings transmitting and amplifying bacterial pathogens probably exceed the economic losses from consumption of feed. Veterinary costs at Pennsylvania dairies alone with 1,000 to 10,000 starlings were 38% higher ($91 cow/yr) than at dairies with no starlings ($66).


In a lot of cases feedlots and dairies can see flocks 50,000 - 500,000 nuisance birds amassing at their livestock facilities to feed, loaf in barns, and drink and bathe in watering troughs. Looking at the above figures it doesn't take long to figure out that these nuisance birds are costing livestock facilities a lot of money.


Sky Predators can offer a 100% environmentally friendly, quiet un-invasive, and most importantly a very effective way to protect your livestock facilities. Nature has hard wired these nuisance birds to fear falcons as a very dangerous predator. By using well trained and flown falcons we create a protection area by putting a hunting raptor in the air over your livestock facilities. By having several falcons "hunting" an area the nuisance birds will avoid the area keeping them from eating/spoiling feed, and transmitting harmful diseases. 

sERvices


At Sky Predators customer service and a satisfied customer is our top priority. We want to make sure you are happy with our service from start to finish.


We can handle a large variety of jobs all over the US. We are happy to travel as needed and have a custom designed trailer specially set up to house and maintain the falcons while at a job site. 


Some examples of where our company can be a benefit to you and help you save money:

Crop Protection - Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Cherries, Grapes, Apples, Sunflowers, Corn, Rice, Pecans, Pistachios, Nuts, ect.

Industrial - WWTP, Oil/Gas Refinery,

City/Business - Night Roosts (Crows, Starlings, BlackBirds, Ect), Pigeon Removal, Food Manufacturing   

starling roosts

flocks of starlings in flight

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crows in walnuts and pecans

Birds in grapes