Birds and Poultry
Keeping poultry in a residential space? It’s important to consider the impact it has on your neighbours. The noise and nuisance levels can depend on the number of birds you keep – to manage these annoyances think about how many you have. It’s also recommended that you do not keep roosters if living in a close-knit residential environment, not everyone wants a wake-up call at dawn!
Keep your poultry in a clean and sanitary enclosure to avoid rodent infestations, odours and any other risks to human and animal health.
A nuisance more than anything, feral pigeons are a common pest making noise, attracting bird mites, and leaving droppings on our newly-cleaned cars! Luckily, in most instances, pigeons aren’t a health risk to the community – see our face sheet for more information on these harmless yet annoying birds.
With their pristine white feathers and rose-pink blemish between their eyes, the Little Corella is a naturally curious and intelligent bird that can leave a world of destruction behind it. The City of Playford’s landscape and wetlands are designed to invite Australian birds and wildlife – something we’re proud of at Playford – our natural surrounds, open spaces, and native shrubbery attracts the playful Corella.
As you may have noticed, the City of Playford can experience an increased population of these birds and their extended time visiting the area, but we expect and welcome them back next year and into the future.
Our thriving community is in the migratory corridor for the Little Corella – they spend several months during the hotter seasons in Playford and usually stay between December and March. Historically, flocks of 20 to 30 arrive to eat, roost, play and flock with their bird community; today we experience hundreds and thousands of these brilliant birds. During the cooler months they return to their home in the Adelaide Hills to nest and breed.
To raise any concerns regarding corella management in South Australia, phone the Department of Environment and Water on (08) 8204 1910.
For further information, please visit the Department of Environment and Water (DEW) website.
Audible Bird Scaring Devices (Gas Guns)
The Playford area is home to many primary production businesses, which hold an important economic value to local and regional South Australia, as well as a valuable source of income for their owners.
Damage caused by birds can severely affect the profitability of these businesses – this is where the use of audible bird scaring devices, also known as gas guns, can be useful. Gas guns are an effective way to manage potential orchard and vineyard crop losses due to birds, especially during the warmer seasons. The City of Playford has a By-Law No.6 which controls the use of both electronic and gas bird-scaring devices.
The By-Law seeks to avoid noise disturbance by restricting the hours that devices can be used, the number of times the devices can be fired per hour, and minimum distances from noise-sensitive premises.