Laser strike bird scarer

scottish-lleyn

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Mixed Farmer
Anyone used one, i am plagued by seagulls just now have been for months they are making a right mess of the wet fields and are eating more feed than the ewes when i snacker a few lots they keep there distance until i switch the snacker on so cant really shoot them in amongst the ewes. I have managed to get a licence to shoot them but not really practical.
 

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Arable Farmer
Anyone used one, i am plagued by seagulls just now have been for months they are making a right mess of the wet fields and are eating more feed than the ewes when i snacker a few lots they keep there distance until i switch the snacker on so cant really shoot them in amongst the ewes. I have managed to get a licence to shoot them but not really practical.
Had one and sent it back as no better than a laser pointer off ebay for a tenner.
If conditions are overcast / dull, then you can scare rooks, geese etc from a fair distance but if not can be difficult.
Problem with the portek one is even though it's more powerful, the beam won't go tight enough.
Personally, I'd try a cheap one first.
 

Newguy

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Anyone used one, i am plagued by seagulls just now have been for months they are making a right mess of the wet fields and are eating more feed than the ewes when i snacker a few lots they keep there distance until i switch the snacker on so cant really shoot them in amongst the ewes. I have managed to get a licence to shoot them but not really practical.
I was lucky and managed to get one second hand on ebay. Very happy with it at the price I paid. But a much harder sell at its full price. It works far better than the cheap ones on ebay. However, if you use it in cold conditions, it isn't significantly better than the cheap ones. I make sure to store mine somewhere warm, that way it works well in the cold - to begin with at least. Can't emphasise enough what a big difference keeping it warm makes. When it arrived in the post, I was very much underwhelmed by its performance. Thankfully, I had left it somewhere warm and tried it again, otherwise I probably would have selt it on.

In the evening I can go upstairs and scare geese off fields that are almost a mile away. This is not remotely possible with the cheap ones. I have had several cheap ones on ebay and they have all died within a year of buying them. The cheap ones are more convenient though. They are nice and pocketable, so I usually have one on me when I need it. Both are useless in bright daylight. The ebay ones need charging more often.

I would agree that you should try the cheap ones first to see if it works well on the seagulls. If there is feed to be had, it might not deter them. I use mine on starlings and they just fly away, wait almost a minute and then fly back.
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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