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Deterring Ducks

Suddenly after 9 years in our marina, ducks have taken to doing ducky-doos on our counter. We have a cruiser stern and have tried installing a 4 inch square net from the pulpit rail to cover the entire counter and tying it down to keep it taut but this hasn't stopped the doos. Maybe we need a net with finer mesh? Any other ideas?

Asked by: Clive Dutson  | 12.56pm, Friday 3 March


WW says:

Duck and bird poo is often a problem on boats, but the fact that you have suddenly started having problems means that something is attracting the birds; maybe another boat owner nearby is feeding the ducks.
Preventing access with netting is usually a good deterrent but maybe the ducks are finding a way underneath or possibly even perching on top of the net. Plastic owls and fox models with glass eyes are available; however the birds quickly discover that they do not move and return. There is an ultimate deterrent of a robotic bird of prey (ROBOP) but this is probably a bit expensive for this situation!
A wind powered deterrent called Gullsweep appears to have good recommendations. Aimed at coastal areas and yachts, it has 2 arms with flaps and the wind sweeps it in a 6ft circle, the movement deterring any birds from coming too close. Mounted on the rear of the roof of your boat this might solve your problem and will not extend outside the width of the boat. It would be a lot simpler than netting but you ought to clear it with the marina operators.

Rupert Smedley  | 4.45PM, Friday 3 March

If all else fails, you could try leaving a cookery book on the rear deck, open at the page for 'Duck a l'Orange'. They'll soon take the hint.

Graham Booth  | 5.36PM, Friday 3 March

"I'd be more than happy to eat them for supper but à l'orange isn't my favourite recipe!"
Just don't tell the ducks that and you should be OK.

Graham Booth  | 7.56PM, Friday 3 March


Readers say:

I'd be more than happy to eat them for supper but à l'orange isn't my favourite recipe!

Clive Dutson  | 5.43PM, Friday 3 March

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