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How can I keep birds out of my pond?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by TNGlockman, May 27, 2012.

  1. TNGlockman

    TNGlockman NRA Member

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    My wife and I have a small garden pond (120 gal) in our backyard that's been there for a few years now. This year it has just been overrun with birds. Not pretty birds, but brown cowbirds and starlings. They crap all over the rocks and in the pond itself.

    Today I bought two rubber snakes to put on the rocks to try and scare the birds away. I just looked out the window, and they weren't fazed at all by them.

    Any ideas on what I should try next? :dunno:
     
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  3. tehan2

    tehan2 NRA & GOAL

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    fake owl... or fox piss
     
  4. harlenm

    harlenm Millennium Member

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    Fake owl will work. I drive by a house regularly that has an owl perched over their pond.
     
  5. smokin762

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    We have a Fake Owl at work, on the side of the building where the vents are.

    The birds must have noticed the owl doesn't move. They still come around. We had to have the Vents Screened off to keep the birds out.


    Shoot a bird and hang it out to serve as a warning to the other birds. :supergrin:
     
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    Hef Stop Obammunism

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    Yep, fake owl. Scares the hell out of anything smaller than it.
     
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    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    Put one of these in your pond.

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    The bird population will dwindle and eventually you'll have one of these.

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    Tether a peregrine falcon nearby.

    Or you could punch a few holes in a can of tuna, stake it to the ground, and figure out what to do with the cat poop.
     
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    ...and that solves the cat problem.:supergrin:
     
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    Netting is the only thing that will work long-term. Fake owls might work on deterring passing birds but birds that see the same one regularly will figure out it won't hurt them. It doesn't matter if the fake owl moves, hoots or hangs in the air in a hunting posture, the birds will lose their fear fairly quickly. You might also attract other birds like crows.

    You could try swiveling mirrors. The flashes of light frighten the birds and they spend less time at the pond. A few CDs on strong or some pieces of tinfoil hanging off a coathanger are the cheap option. If it seems to help, you can buy ones that look better. A friend uses mini disco balls which work well and his girls love them.
     
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    We put the Owls in our hangers. Birds still kept coming around.
     
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    Target practice?
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I think I'm gonna try the mirror/cd thing and see how that works.
     
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  18. Front Sight

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    Get a couple of hungry cats. Feed them at the pond and make them a nice place to stay.
     
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    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    Fill the pond with snapping turtles.
     
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