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Re: Speaking of Carbide

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01-25-2013 11:47:31

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Interesting to read about the bird scare cannons using carbise gas generators.
In the 70's, sunflowers were the big new money crop in ND. many farmers used scare cannons to keep the blackbirds outof the sunflowers.

Most of those I remember ran on propane. A 20# BBQ tank hooked to one of those boomers would make a boom every few minutes for months unattended.

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01-25-2013 17:06:05

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 Re: Speaking of Carbide in reply to Jon Hagen, 01-25-2013 11:47:31  
We call them blueberry cannons. I have a few and they are kind of fun to play with at first, but the novelty wears off.
Birds get used to them, deer will continuse to brous beside them and neighbours will call to complain continually.
Now is it was hooked up to a sensor that knew when the pest was close ...

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01-25-2013 12:43:30

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 Re: Speaking of Carbide in reply to Jon Hagen, 01-25-2013 11:47:31  
They worked fairly good for black birds in sunflowers. But they would get used to the sound after a certain length of time. Then they would fly in inbetween shots.

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