Calculating the Cost of an OvoControl Program
There are just two variables to consider in calculating the cost of a pigeon contraception program, a) automatic feeder(s), and, b) the OvoControl bait.
1) Automatic Feeder(s)
These machines are indespensible for commercial programs and remove most of the labor burden from daily baiting. Extremely dependable and durable, the feeder automatically triggers at a pre-programed time and duration each morning to dispense the appropriate quantity of OvoControl for the flock.
Assume that each feeder will accomodate approximately 150 pigeons. Feeder "Kits" cost $224.99/unit, including the feeder, controller clock, rechargable battery and solar panel -- everything needed to get started on the pigeon control program is in the box.
2) OvoControl Bait
OvoControl is applied at a rate of 1 pound (16 ounces) of bait per 80 pigeons, daily. Therefore, as a starting point, divide the number of birds in the flock by 80 to estimate the initial quantity of bait required. For example, 100 birds require 100/80 or 1.25lbs of bait daily, at the very beginning of the program.
Bait requirements decline in parallel to the pigeon population. Therefore, following the gradual reduction, after 12 months on the program, pigeon numbers have been reduced to 50 and the bait requirement reduced to 50/80 or 0.625lbs, per day. The following table provides an illustration,
|Number of PIgeons||50||100||120||160||200|
|Pounds of OvoControl per Day (Month 1)||0.625||1.25||1.5||2||2.5|
|Cost @ $6.95/lb||$4.34||$8.69||$10.43||$13.90||$17.38|
In other words, due to the declining number of pigeons, the cost of the baiting program declines at a rate of approximately 50%, annually. In the example of 100 pigeons, the average monthly cost of the program declines from $198/month to just $96/month in year 2.
For larger sites and areas, please use the convenient spreadsheet to evaluate the monthly and annual cost of an OvoControl contraception program for pigeons.
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