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Thread: Ducks

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    Any good advice on how to keep ducks out of your pool?

    The polaris seems to spook them when it is running. But I can't keep it running all of the time.

    Non lethal suggestions only, please.
    15,000 gallon unpainted plaster. Sand filter. Polaris 380.

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    Apr 2009
    Northeast Ohio

    Re: Ducks

    Do you have a solar blanket on your pool? I've had ducks a couple of times, but only in the spring when I was shocking the pool before I put the solar blanket on it. If it keeps the ducks out, lowers evaporation, retains heat and (maybe) reduces chlorine loss, it might be a good investment. I got a 5mil 16x32 online for $79 shipped.
    32x16 ft Grecian rectangular vinyl pool 8ft on deep end - 19000 gal. 18" Hayward S-240 sand filter. 250K BTU Pentair MasterTemp heater. Hayward 3/4 HP Super Pump.

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    Apr 2007
    SW Indiana

    Re: Ducks

    Get some cheap, heavy fishing line and run it back and forth above the pool in a zig-zag pattern. Connect it to trees, fences or whatever. If you can put it high enough, you don't have to worry about walking into it.

    It makes the ducks feel like they are trapped, because they know there is something up there that could keep them from flying away if they are scared.
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    20K Gallon 20X36 Vinyl Inground
    Hayward S244T Sand Filter with 1HP Whisperflo Pump. Liquidator C-201 and Solar Heat

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    Re: Ducks

    Get a "RainBird" type sprinkler with a motion detector and put it near the pool. When the motion detector catches the duck it will kick on and scare the duck away. You won't end up with a duck dinner like you would with a more lethal approach, but the problem will be solved

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    May 2007
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: Ducks

    Another thread on here suggested placing rubber snakes strategically around the permiter - the ducks seem to avoid them.
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    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
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    Re: Ducks

    Ducks haven't returned for a few days. Probably tending their new nest elsewhere.
    15,000 gallon unpainted plaster. Sand filter. Polaris 380.

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