Problem With Pigeons On Clock Hands

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  1. The Editor

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    Hello. I’m looking for advice on how to keep pigeons from roosting on the hands of a clock in a clock tower (see photo). Plastic owls haven’t worked, and pigeon spikes will restrict the hands’ movements. The clock has four faces. Up to a dozen birds can be on a set of hands at a time, and their combined weight on four sets is causing the clock to stop. Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

    Also, if anyone lives near Almonte Ontario and would be willing to take a look at the clock, please contact the project manager, James, at james@jamisonrepair.ca. The team would like to know if the escapement is set correctly. None of them are clock experts, so some guidance would be appreciated. Thank you.

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  2. Kevin W.

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    Thanks, Kevin. I'll pass that along.
     
  4. Kevin W.

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    I sent you another email this morning, another idea. I saw that someone from the clock group had or has contacted Ch 111 in Ottawa.
     
  5. The Editor

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    Thanks for letting me know. When you say you sent me an email, what address are you using?
     
  6. KurtinSA

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    Why wouldn't spikes in the same plane as the clock face/hands work?

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  7. Kevin W.

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    The hands are very light weight from my understanding, so no added weight can be added.
     
  8. etmb61

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    Birds are tenacious. Once they find a safe place to roost they keep coming back. If you cannot deny them access, then you need to make them feel unsafe to get them to go away. Harassment works, but it has to be every time they show up. I spent several years trying to keep birds off a pair of aircraft runways. Some you leave, some you chase, some you have to kill. Sad but true.

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  9. The Editor

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    I assume it's because the birds would keep accidently bending them when trying to land. But I'll pass your message along.
     
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    Thanks, Eric.
     
  11. roughbarked

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    In the beginning was the word and the word is, Velcro.
    Don't quote me because I haven't tested the theory but it is lightweight can be attached easily and can be made floppy at the edges. Presumably birds would hate attempting to land on it?

    It is a problem many tower clocks have among others like snow on hands, which interferes with timekeeping. Robust movements and additions of counterweights were compensating methods.
     
  12. Peter A. Nunes

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    I've been overseeing a Howard clock here in Rhode Island since 1996. When I first got involved, there was plenty of bat guano (and bats, little brown myotis, cute buggers) in the tower, and squirrels and birds were occasional visitors. An ultrasonic transmitter, which at the time cost under $30.00, has kept them out since that time. Perhaps something of that nature, behind the dials, would ward off your new friends.

    On another note, I can"t see any counterbalances on the hands. They are very important. If they were present, it's likely that your avian interlopers wouldn't be able to stop the clock. What happened to them, or did it never have them?
     
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    Tape the alarm calls of the pigeons and play it on a loop. Every few minutes tell them that a hawk is circling and they'll promptly scatter.
     
  14. Evernia

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    If you are still looking for solutions, there is a picture of an anti-pigeon wire here which seems to have worked for that case The Trinity Clock
     

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