So, I have used large wood chip mulch on my asparagus beds and covered just about everything else with fencing panels and netting, but my neighboring pheasants dig, spread and tear the coverings to dust bathe. Does anyone think making them their own sand box will help? I have blocked the pheasants from using the chickens' sand/ash/dirt box but I will make one for pheasants if you think it will work. They have trashed the blueberry bushes, destroyed the new soil and mulch on the hugels, and the males are enormous....just wondering if anyone has luck 'redirecting' wild birds. Thanks!
What a delicious problem to have (if you enjoy eating pheasant and crafting with pheasant feathers, which can be expensive to buy at any fly fishing shop).
Giving the pheasant a dust box is a good idea, but my guess is that the bids are eating and the dust bath might be a secondary thought. So just giving them an easier place to get a dust bath, might not be an attractive alternative.
One technique you might consider is sacrificial garden beds (well outside your main garden). They can be used to intercept pests before they hit your main garden. Seeds are cheap, and you might not have room for all your transplants in the main garden. It does however require extra space, which sounds like it might be an option for you.
If and when you find pests (of the bug type) in the sacrificial beds, you can isolate them before they hit you where it hurts more. You can hit them various pest control methods (preferably organic) or you can unleash birds on them (chickens, ducks, geese, guinea hens, turkeys, whatever you are raising at the time). Bug lifecycle interrupted, free bird food, main garden saved. If the beds don’t intercept a pest, bonus veggies, woo hoo!!! LOL!
I think you consider those pheasants to be pests (just not the expected/normal kind of pest). It’s worth experimenting with and if those efforts don’t work, you can invite them to dinner (or your neighbors dinner, if pheasant isn’t a menu choice for you).
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna walk around for the rest of the day going all Bubba-Gump on pheasant.... Pheasant gumbo, fried pheasant, pheasant fricassee, pheasant sandwich, pheasant stew, pheasant rotisserie, pheasant on a stick, pheasant pizza, pheasant risotto, pheasant ravioli... LOL!!!
Oh... One more thing... You can buy motion activated sprinklers (some folks like to put them on boat docks and what not). Owl decoys can work, motion activated Halloween decorations can be fun. There are many creative things to try (some work, some don’t).
Hmmm... Where was I... Ah yes... BBQ pheasant, Phesant and taters, pheasant sausages, pheasant and waffles, pheasant omelet...