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What happens to bird feces when sanitized, but still physically present?

Ok probably sounds disgusting, but I just have a theoretical interest in this ever since I moved to my new apt with a balcony frequent by the flying rat kind. I don't have time in the morning but I frequently spray some bleach water solution on the pigeon feces to scrape off later, and then I was wondering what chemically happens to the feces (or well, anything organic that contains pathogens and bacteria) when soaked in bleach. Are the soaked feces on the railing theoretically "clean" and sanitized? What happens??? What is left over? I don't intend to leave them there, just curious. BTW: any tips to keep pigeons away while at it? We covered all the balcony railings in reflective tape. It looks like a camp, silver palace now, but they still like it.
posted by ahtlast93 on Sep 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Would an electromagnetic pulse disrupt a carrier pigeon?

Would an electromagnetic pulse disrupt a carrier pigeon? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Jan 5, 2013 - 5 answers

A network of pigeon owners?

I'm trying to find a reference to a story I heard of, possibly here but maybe not. It was about a society of pigeon owners that had a voting scheme that worked along the lines of PageRank, where the value of your vote was based on the number of other members voting for you, calculated recursively. It was an old system, possibly around the French Revolution. My Google-Fu is completely failing me. Does any of this ring any bells?
posted by scalefree on Jul 26, 2011 - 4 answers

What does a pigeon look like?

I got curious about this after reading a blog article on pigeons and face recognition. What colors does a pigeon see in other pigeons? I see pigeons with white, black, and grey bands and patches, sometimes with iridescence in the neck. The wikipedia entry for bird vision says they have pentachromatic vision. [more inside]
posted by bleary on Jul 15, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I get rid of pigeons from my balcony?

How do I get rid of pigeons from my balcony? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2010 - 13 answers

Pidgey is confused. It hurt itself in its confusion.

There are pigeons everywhere. Please help me make them dead (or gone). [more inside]
posted by doublehappy on Sep 19, 2010 - 46 answers

Help me find or design a pigeon-proof chicken feeder.

Help me find or design a pigeon-proof chicken feeder. [more inside]
posted by scrambles on Aug 29, 2010 - 4 answers

Frantic pigeons?

Today I was at Boston Common eating lunch, and observed a fairly large group of pigeons all acting in the same bizarre way. For upwards of half an hour (and despite no obvious bread-throwers), a group of 50 or so pigeons was tearing around the park at great speed and low altitude, stopping for frequent and very intense fights on the ground over nonexistent food. [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Jul 15, 2010 - 5 answers

"Wait, what? How many pigeons?"

Please tell me about raising pigeons. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Mar 17, 2010 - 8 answers

nyc pigeon saga

PigeonFilter: The neighbor across the small alleyway (4th floor, nyc apartment) feeds the pigeons several times a day and lets them in to their apartment, resulting in crowds of dozens of pigeons around our windows at all hours. Now the pigeons have built a large nest on our window air conditioner, with an egg. What to do about A) the nest and B) the neighbor? [more inside]
posted by martini on Apr 1, 2009 - 14 answers

I thought he flew Vipers, not Pigeons...

BSG final episode question. (SPOILERS INSIDE!) [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Mar 27, 2009 - 25 answers

Can I eat a city pigeon?

I live in Phoenix. There are all these pigeons around, including a flock that sits on my roof most days. It seems like I should be able to eat them once in a while. What would be some issues I might need to consider before doing that? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on Feb 13, 2009 - 30 answers

Where do birds go in a hurricane?

Where do city birds go when a hurricane hits? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Nov 6, 2008 - 5 answers

Pigeons and Cookies and Trash

What are the words to this Sesame Street Song? - We hear "Everybody loves [something], as sure as [something] loves [something], and googling for lyrics isn't helping fill in the blanks.
posted by Artw on Sep 6, 2008 - 11 answers

How to Keep Pigeons Away?

Pigeons begone! How do I keep pigeons off my ledge? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Aug 22, 2006 - 24 answers

I'm looking for old pictures of passenger pigeons in migration.

Today's article on passenger pigeons at Interesting Thing of the Day.com was very interesting. I tried looking for pictures of passenger pigeons in migration, but I can't find any. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on May 13, 2005 - 3 answers

How do you train a homing pigeon to fly into enemy targets carrying explosives?

How do you train a homing pigeon to fly into enemy targets carrying explosives?

I always thought you could only train them to return home - and that would probably not be very useful in this case.
posted by FidelDonson on May 21, 2004 - 10 answers

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