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Bird Poop Dilemma

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive March 2007: Bird Poop Dilemma
By Tklinreston on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 03:53 pm:

Hi everyone,
I wondered if anyone had any advice about a problem I'm facing. There are a couple of birds, who have been pooping on my deck right in front of the sliding glass door for the past week. Same spot. We're constantly cleaning up the poop and have no idea what to do. When we see them coming we shoosh them away but they keep coming back. Any ideas? Thanks.

By Colette on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 04:02 pm:

It wouldn't be very attractive - but more attractive than bird poop - in my garden I used to hang out those foil pie plates to keep them away. Hang them so they move with the breeze.

By Tripletmom on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 04:04 pm:

We have the same problem. A couple of birds have taken up residence in our light fixture.You could find the nest and move it.Our birds tend to use the light fixture in the colder months and use the bird houses in the summer,so I really don't mind.

By Tklinreston on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 04:21 pm:

Our deck is high off the ground - not a walk-out. There is no where for me to hang anything. Did the foil pie plates eventually get rid of the birds? As for finding the nests, we live in front of a woooded area and the nest is VERY high up in the tall trees. Impossible to reach.
Really at a lost as to what to do.

By Colette on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 04:25 pm:

yes, the foil plates scare them away when they are blowing in the breeze and reflecting the sun.

By Tripletmom on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 04:31 pm:

Thanks for the idea,Colette.I didn't know that :)

By Trina~moderator on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 04:47 pm:

While shopping in the garden section of Wal-Mart today I noticed an owl dummy that's used to deter critters, I assume whatever owls prey on (birds, rodents,...). It looks like a lawn ornament type thing.

By Reds9298 on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 04:47 pm:

My G'ma INSISTS that rubber snakes keep the birds away. She has 2 lying across her deck railing and I really have never seen poop on her deck! :) Her deck is under a large tree also, so maybe the 'snakes' keep them from nesting in that tree? I don't know but it does seem to work. My g'parents used to have a boat in a large dock at a resort also, and there were always rubber snakes hanging from the roof of the dock to keep poop out of the boat in the summer. (The birds liked making nests in the rafters of the dock) They never had trouble with them nesting near their boat when using the hanging snakes. Their boat was beautfiul and they never covered it in the summer.

Just rubber toy snakes...nice long ones.

I've also heard of the foil pie plates.
Good luck!

By Tklinreston on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 05:00 pm:

Rubber snakes and/or a dummy owl it is! I am sooo afraid of snakes, though.. even rubber ones, but it sure beats a mound of bird poop. Thanks ladies.

By Enchens on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 06:51 pm:

Hi, I just read this post. We had the same problem. We did get a fake owl. We haven't had that problem anymore. My husband put the owl right on the roof of the deck, we don't see it. Good luck.

By Sandysmom on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 09:04 pm:

I was just going to suggest a fake owl or hawk but someone beat me to it! I hope it works for you.

By Reds9298 on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 09:19 pm:

I forgot about the owl! My g'parents had one of those on the dock, too.

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