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keep wild ducks off new pasture?

 
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How do I keep wild ducks off of an establishing irrigated pasture. Is there an easy way of making it a no-go zone for ducks? I want to grow it for the sheep, but I know that the wild ducks in my dam will come and feast off of it. I don't mind them eating some of it, but I don't want it destroyed before it's established. Any hints, tips , clues or experience on this problem will be much appreciated.

 
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This is just a fllippant idea off the top of my head and may not be feasible but if there were chilli flakes sprinkled and the ducks ingested them I bet the would reconsider foraging there. I am tying blue beads from thrift shop necklaces in clusters on my blueberry bushes before they ripen in hopes I frustrate many of the resident birds that try to peck them before they get my ripening crop so that idea sort of creeps into my head of deterants .
 
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You know what I found nature thinks of cayenne pepper and chilli flakes, they make seeds delicious. I put enough pepper on 2 handfulls of sunflower seeds to kill a man and my ducks and the squirrels polished them off.
Honestly if the ducks are wild you need a predator to either regulate their population or keep them a bay, but it's got to be a live dynamic deterant. Weather usualy destroys most deterants effectiveness. I've use cd's strung to tree's to blind the hawks as they swoop down to try and attack my ducks, works great on sunny days...... doesn't stop anyone at night and on overcast days which is 50% of my year. So any one static technique wont hold up, but a roaming dog isn't static so you can never relax, that's about it for idea's from me in the case of wild ducks which arn't grounded by wing clipping.
 
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Sounds like maybe you need to consider some duck curry....
 
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Alder Burns wrote:Sounds like maybe you need to consider some duck curry....


Hahaha, sounds like a ripping idea, but to begin with I would rather scare them off than cook them up
 
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Lisa Paulson wrote:This is just a fllippant idea off the top of my head and may not be feasible but if there were chilli flakes sprinkled and the ducks ingested them I bet the would reconsider foraging there. I am tying blue beads from thrift shop necklaces in clusters on my blueberry bushes before they ripen in hopes I frustrate many of the resident birds that try to peck them before they get my ripening crop so that idea sort of creeps into my head of deterants .



The vast majority of birds can't taste capsaicin. They're the preferred distribution channel for chili seeds.
 
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Ducks are so so tasty. I would try a shotgun. But maybe a dog would work. Some kind of bird dog that would run after them all day long.
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