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    Ducks...

    Edited to remove profanity. Please don't evade the profanity filter - MikeInTN

    I'm sorry, but I just have to rant to somebody who I know will understand my distress...

    My patience has ended with this duck that has called my pool his lounge. First time they came I thought it was cute. Then I noticed the duck poo. Poo on the deck. Poo in my pool. Waaay too much duck poo for my taste.

    So I began by running them off. Then only the male returned, so I started throwing things at him. Then yelling and more throwing...it ain't working.

    Time to break out the BB gun...

    ...sayonara quacker...
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    Re: Ducks...

    I do feel your pain. I had a pair showing up as well. Male disappeared, and finally ran the female off. They can sure make a big mess in a little bit of time, for sure.

    Make sure your neighbors don't see you when you apply the pellet gun method. In some yellow-bellied sissyfrassed communities, pellet guns are a no-no, and can be considered hunting ducks out of season.
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    Re: Ducks...

    I have the same problem. Same pair for the last 5 years. The dog doesn't even scare them off. Threw 3 beach balls in the pool. They don't mind them either. My wife went outside the other morning and 6 squatted around the spa. Could of swore they asked her when the spa was going to fired up.
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    Re: Ducks...

    I've seen some pretty impressive videos of these things in action. Might be a solution?

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    Re: Ducks...

    pea shooter UPGRADE
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    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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    http://blog.ruhlman.com/ruhlmancom/2009 ... lunch.html Just a suggestion, mind you...in case the duck had a sudden attack while swimming in your pool. *walking away, whistling*. 8) 8) If you have a pool, I think it should be "Open Season" all year.....
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    Re: Ducks...

    i bought thgis big plastic owl from Lowes I leave it hanging off a tree so it moves in the wind. I see no ducks anymore and even the birds are gone for the most part.

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    Re: Ducks...

    I have the big plastic owl on the top rail. Doesn't help. Maybe it's the movement that works.
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    Re: Ducks...

    Ditto - every year for the last 5 years we have the same pair return around late march, and then by mid-may they are gone.

    But what a mess.
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    Re: Ducks...

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveNJ
    pea shooter UPGRADE
    HAH! I like it I like it!
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    Re: Ducks...

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    Re: Ducks...

    plastic owl helped us....i did move it around the deck every couple days.


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    Re: Ducks...

    Be careful, a duck is protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918 and they don't qualify as a nuisance. You should contact your nearest Texas Parks and Wildlife Office and see what they say first before you try to pellet it.
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    Re: Ducks...

    go to ducksolution.com.au I sell this product in my pool shop in Australia. It works really well. Maybe someone should start selling it over your way. Michael

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    Re: Ducks...

    maybe a modified version of this might help?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Beez
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    A bbgun is overkill.

    When I had this problem a rubber band gun was enough to drive them away without hurting them in any permanent fashion.

    The dog worked even better- they really didnt feel like sharing the pool with him.



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    Re: Ducks...

    Quote Originally Posted by Davegvg
    When I had this problem a rubber band gun was enough to drive them away without hurting them in any permanent fashion.
    They must grow 'em different out there, cuz ain't no rubber band gonna deter our ducks! The problem is not chasing them away, but keeping them away. Dogs are only a solution if they live outside. Mine don't.

    However, last year I might have stumbled onto a less drastic solution. I will try it again this year and report back with results.
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    Re: Ducks...

    Quote Originally Posted by spishex
    I've seen some pretty impressive videos of these things in action. Might be a solution?
    I think that's a great idea
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    Re: Ducks...

    Quote Originally Posted by Beez
    Quote Originally Posted by Davegvg
    However, last year I might have stumbled onto a less drastic solution. I will try it again this year and report back with results.
    Beez, Please share what you stumbled onto.

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