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|Subject: Ferals on main power house line Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:00 pm|| |
Oh how I miss this group...
Can anyone tell me how strong a main house power line would be (the electric wire cable that connects from my house to the outside post) when pigeons perch on them. I worry my main power line might give way when they (about 40) perch on it at one time. I hate to shoo them away. They perch daily to wait for their feed. If I post this at Facebook or ask an electrician, i know what the answer from pigeon haters would be - stop feeding them! (I just can't
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|Subject: Re: Ferals on main power house line Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:23 pm|| |
Oooooh, that's a tough question...
Let's see... 40 pigeons, at say 330g each, that would be 13.2 Kg. It's quite a bit for an electrical wire, but as they are distributed along it, rather than just putting pressure on a single spot, it might hold. But that's just a 'might'...
It's worrying, because I remember reading about electrical burns on pigeons, and it's just horrible beyond words. If it should snap...
Is there any chance of feeding them a little earlier (so they don't perch for long) or a bit further away from the wire? Or even to create, or get them to use, another perch?
PS. Nice to see you here!