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First Signs Of Laid Barley

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Yesterday we had a fair bit of rain with a strong wind , a miserable day for some but for a pigeon shooter it was an ideal combination to knock a bit of Winter Barley about, so it didn't come a surprise when we went out today and saw several patches that have gone down , the first thing I noticed was pigeons sitting on telegraph wires , not many as it have only been less than a day and it will take a few days before they will start dropping in .

With a Yellow weather warning for heavy rain around these parts tomorrow and again on Tuesday there will certainly be more going down , so keep your eyes peeled and I don't think it will be to long before the first reports come in about shooting over barley .

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I was thinking exactly the same when I saw the forecast this evening. Having shot a lot of pigeons on laid barley over the years, I know for certain that gas guns and flags etc will do very little to deter pigeons and crows/rooks once they get a taste for it.

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Got some laid barley here already nothing has found it yet, could be a lot more by end of the week.

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10 minutes ago, aga man said:

I was thinking exactly the same when I saw the forecast this evening. Having shot a lot of pigeons on laid barley over the years, I know for certain that gas guns and flags etc will do very little to deter pigeons and crows/rooks once they get a taste for it.

From a farmers point of view it is nigh on impossible to keep pigeons off with the amount grown in the area , also it never ceases to amaze me how many can drop into a small patch and I have had many nice bits of sport by walking down the tramlines towards a small patch where I have seen a few drop in and have a couple of going away shots when they jump up , if your eye is in you can get get a nice little bag and the dog get some nice retrieves , although some people are not to keen in letting there dog anywhere near barley , touch wood I have never had any problems .

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This morning I saw the first bit of laid Barley this year. Not in my permission, I checked mine but it was still upright.

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I have laid areas on two of my perms as well, though it will need a good couple of weeks of sun before it is ripe enough to be attractive to birds. Not good for the farmers, but brings an air of excitement for us pigeon shooters 😀

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with this weeks forecast there should be a bit about by Friday

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hello, looks like fields have started turning to in the vale and the rain might flatten some areas, all we have to do is convince our selves we have tried to scare off any hungry pesty pigeons

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I'm from vale area and theres a lot of barley around here this year its all starting lay now but still not seeing much feeding on it but a few starting to fly over now and then, the next 2-3 weeks it will hopefully be worth ago as I haven't been out now for 9 weeks been building scarecrows, not

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On 09/06/2019 at 21:50, ditchman said:

havnt seen any birds gritting yet....

What's the significance of gritting? I've seen some near me on areas of grit and quite na few on the wires.

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4 hours ago, getthegat said:

What's the significance of gritting? I've seen some near me on areas of grit and quite na few on the wires.

The pigeons need the grit to help digest the barley grains.

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I knew it was for digestion, so do they grit more when eating grain or only then, I thought birds did it all the time. Always learning 😃

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Difficult for them to find grit amongst laid cereals, as they normally do when feeding on drillings etc, hence seeing them on roadsides etc and yes they need more grit when eating lots of grain to help the gizzard do its thing.

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Walking the dogs this morning saw first signs of pigeons gritting on the side of the roads and farm tracks.

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Huge mixed flocks pigeon & blacks on laid barley today on our farm, flocks of 200+ Too bad I wont get chance until Tuesday next week 

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On 10/06/2019 at 17:09, oldypigeonpopper said:

hello, looks like fields have started turning to in the vale and the rain might flatten some areas, all we have to do is convince our selves we have tried to scare off any hungry pesty pigeons

hello, spoke to soon, looks like on many fields the pigeon and blackies are back in good numbers, sunday looks a good day for around the Vale, not to hot and breezy, i checked a field out yesterday thats just going milky and a very good number shown interest, good luck to anyone out the weekend, cheers

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