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2003-07-16 02:14:12 AM  
They also use them to scare away hail.
2003-07-16 02:18:24 AM  
<<<<<<<<ooooh not far from me either!
2003-07-16 02:18:43 AM  
I don't know about you guys, but after day 1, sabatage would have been on my mind. I know this guy has been doing it a long time, but to me he needs to get with the times and use toxic chemicals like the rest of the folks.
2003-07-16 02:18:59 AM  
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The Cannon!! The Cannon!! The Cannon!!
2003-07-16 02:22:27 AM  
Who do you think lived in the area first... the farmer, whose family has likely owned the land for generations, or the suburban housewife, who (likely) recently bought a house on what was formerly farmland?

Urban sprawl... the farmer should aim the cannons a little lower.
2003-07-16 02:24:16 AM  
3 words.

Nuke the neighbors.
2003-07-16 02:25:08 AM  
Don't get me wrong, If I were the farmer, I'd tell them to eat it.
2003-07-16 02:27:59 AM  
Those cannons are insanely annoying. I wouldn't want to live near them. I understand that Crows and other smarter birds quickly learn to ignore the cannons.
2003-07-16 02:28:07 AM  

I used to go hunting (with the landowner's permission of course) near/through sunflower or corn fields where air cannons like this were setup. I've never jumped so friggin high in my life. I can just imagine how annoying it could be to live next to one.

That being said, Dorf11 is right, the farmer was most likely there first, the story says he's being using them since 1968.

Invest in earmuff's Thelma.

2003-07-16 02:30:04 AM  
Wow he's been doing that since before I was conceived. By now it should qualify as a naturalized phenomenon. How can his neighbors even say they remember what it was like before he started doing that?
2003-07-16 02:30:54 AM  
Or the neighbors could chip in and buy him a phucking scarecrow.
2003-07-16 02:31:03 AM  
Why can't he just use a pellet gun like everyone else?
2003-07-16 02:33:36 AM  
It's not like the neighbors didn't know about this when the moved in or anything. Sunup to sundown, I'm sure they heard them before they bought their houses. If you don't like it, move.
2003-07-16 02:37:29 AM  
2003-07-16 02:39:57 AM  
Neighbors didn't necessarily know beforehand. It's not like you have crops to protect all year long, just a few months.
2003-07-16 02:48:47 AM  
farking airport should be closed down too.
2003-07-16 03:06:42 AM  
I would look the neighbors straight in the eye and quote scripture, the part where Jesus said, "...suck on it long and hard..."
2003-07-16 03:29:01 AM  
trez:- You made me jump.
2003-07-16 04:41:38 AM  
what a mean guy who doesn't like the birdies
2003-07-16 04:49:05 AM  
i'm assuming the guy has it protected with AP mines or something, or the neighbours would have blown it up by now.
i would've anyway :)
2003-07-16 04:53:58 AM  
Stupid farking birds. A bird attacked my head once. Twice, actually. And they wake me up every morning with their loud-ass chirping. And I've been pooped on more than once. And a bird once got into my apartment and crapped all over everything and killed a plant.

Stupid farking birds. They're luck I'm not the farmer. I'd napalm their feathered asses.
2003-07-16 05:28:00 AM  
For the obviously large amount of Farkers who've yet to figure out how to read an article, these are air cannons. It's not like he's shooting lead-shot at anything. He's basically expelling a large amount of air quickly to create a loud noise. Cheaper, less polution filled, and less dangerous. So, yeah, it wouldn't do terribly much good for him to aim this at his neighbors nor for those neighbors to try to blow the things up. It's not that hard to make your own. Google for it.
2003-07-16 05:30:12 AM  
I've heard of profoundly deaf farmers, but I would be more afraid of grubs and weevils instead of birds, unless it's an orchard ravaged by parrots...
2003-07-16 06:54:22 AM  
Heck, I'd build a potato cannon and shoot back.
2003-07-16 07:09:25 AM  
Its dangerous, but you can put things into these cannons. And then launch them at your neighbors.

Frostymug, its to early to tell if you are serious or not so just in case.. Birds eat the corn. A lot of the corn. The cannons scare them off. The more the cannons go off, the more their eating is disrupted and the more likely they are to move elsewere for food.
2003-07-16 07:24:57 AM  
I used to live among a bunch of vinyards and nut orchards, and it took a month or so to figure out that the annoying gunfire sound wasn't just kids shooting stuff.

It was annoying as heck. I sympathize with farmers/vinyard owners/orchard owners who have bird troubles, however, I lived on five acres with six cats. We had zero vermin and zero birds. Twice a week I had to go on "dead animal patrol" to pick up the remnants of all the stuff the kitties had slaughtered.

The main "gunfire sound" guy once came to my door all in a huff to tell me he was going to shoot my animals if they appeared on his property again. Without a word I tossed him a bag of rotting bird and vermin parts and asked him if he'd like to pick through some cat feces to look for evidence of nuts or grape seeds. Must admit I threatened him with some harm if I lost a cat, and was pretty frank about how irritating the sound of gunshots every 45 seconds was. Also pointed out how flocks of crows settled on his land daily and neglected to flinch at the sound, then showed him from my deck.

Never heard from him again, and never heard any more gunshot sounds. My cats started coming home with ear notches and signs of fighting. Cost me a fortune at the vet.
2003-07-16 08:40:52 AM  
Kinda reminds me of Steel Magnolias
2003-07-16 08:53:04 AM  
Why not just put some lead pellets in them cannons and point them at the big flocks! Birds would make groovy fertilizer, ya know? If I were the farmer I'd set one up 3 feet from the neighbors house, they'll go deaf in a day or two, BOOM, problem solved!
2003-07-16 09:28:25 AM  
easy solution for neighbors:

prepare a volley... RETURN FIRE!
2003-07-16 10:03:12 AM  
If you have more than one cannon, do you say that you have "2 cannons" or "2 cannon?" I think both are accepted plurals, but I have heard "cannon" used as the plural more often than not. That's what the napoleonic and civil war buffs usually say, so it must be right :)

</I hate grammar>
2003-07-16 10:14:14 AM  
Those asshats's mothers were probably still on their first teen pregnancy when that guy started using the device in 1968. I've seen the in rurual areas. That's why they call it rural. Besides, what's the difference between that shot every 10 seconds and a 9mm lik ein the city.
2003-07-16 10:16:55 AM  
I think if I had to answer that I'd write:
"I have 15 pieces of cannon"

If you started a support group for people obsesed with cannons' it could be called "Cannonanon".
2003-07-16 10:54:37 AM  
Because of the asshat eviro-nazi's farmers have to resort to these measures. There are chemicals that WILL take care of these types of problems, but they are so tightly regulated, it's almost impossible to purchase them, unless you are a Senator.

One year I had propane cannons, electronic bird distress call with multiple speakers, and "scare-eye" balloons in a sweet corn field. They worked for about 2 weeks. Cannons would fire, birds would fly up, circle and land again, and continue to peck at the ears.

The only sure way to eliminate wildlife damage in farm crops is "elimination" period. But it is getting harder and harder to do every year. Back in 1803 the white tailed deer was extinct from Ohio. They need to be extinct again in 2003. But the tree huggers do their best to prevent it. Deer are nothing but a pain in the arse. They cause motor vehicle accidents, some resulting in traffic deaths. They cause hundreds of millions of dollars in agricultural and ornamental damage. The only good thing about white tail deer is they taste good.

Maybe this country needs a good famine to wake itself up. I wonder what Ingrid Dunkirk would do if she was starving and her garden was being ravaged with deer, racoon, groundhog and birds?

/soapbox off
2003-07-16 11:34:14 AM  
I don't care for the urbanites that are moving out into the rural areas and then complaining about smelling a bit of manure or other silly things that are just a part of regular rural life.
2003-07-16 11:50:05 AM  
I grew up in a rural area. City people moving out to rural areas and complaining about things farmers have to do to make a living are not appreciated. People develop these myths in their heads about the country being the place to go to get away from it all, and then raise hell when these misconceptions are shattered.

It would be like me moving into a city and then protesting and setting up roadblocks because I'm tired of all the cars that drive up and down my street all day.
2003-07-16 12:28:52 PM  

I'm not sure who you're talking aobut that is trying to protect white-tailed deer. Environmentally, they're a nuisance and need their numbers reduced. This is because all of its natural predators have been eradicated from Ohio. They not only damage crops, but also native flora as well. What "enviro-nazis" and "tree huggers" told you otherwise?

Besides, this issue is more about urban sprawl. If it is just now becoming a problem and the farmer has been doing it since the 60's, then it's quite obvious that the houses were just recently built. Ohio has proven that it is completely incompetent when it comes to urban planning. This is just a inevitable problem that stems from said incompetence.

Also, if this farmer has been using the same sound in the same location on the same schedule for thirty years, can it really be all that effective anymore? I mean, that's like 6-8 generations of birds that have lived with it. Surely they're completely inured to it by now.
2003-07-16 12:37:27 PM  
She most likely expected to wake up to a rooster only find out it sat in the cannon by accident one early morning. Next don't shop for a house at night. What a sales pitch from that realitor.
2003-07-16 02:37:30 PM  
Props to the submitter. NEPA farkers represent!

Seriously, though. This guy's corn rocks.
2003-07-16 03:32:06 PM  
Soon farmers will be patrolling their fields with one of these.
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