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My next door neighbor put in 2 small goldfish ponds with a makeshift stream between them utilizing a pump to bring the water from the lower pond to the upper one. Now a pair of mallards has moved in. Unfortunately they seem to like using my swimming pool several times during the day. He likes the pair that has made home there, and won't do anything about it. I can't get rid of them, and this morning I caught them crapping in my pool. They aren't deterred from my yells, even when I turn the hose on them, and they won't fly away until I get right next to them. Enough is enough! If it were up to me, my 1,000 psi pellet gun would send them a clear message, but my wife and two daughters don't want them hurt. Any ideas on how to get rid of them, before I have to resort to my way, because I won't put up with the health issues they will cause if I let it go on any longer.

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get a dog, a retriever of some kind, bred to chase the ducks down. plus they would love to swim in the pool too!

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that was gonna be my second thought. ;D just wait till the kids are gone.

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This may be a bit cynical.. stuff rat poison in balls of bread and have your wife and daughter feed the ducks.  

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If you can borrow an old crank telephone. Put the electrodes in the water as close as you can get and start cranking. It won't kill them, but it sends a clear message. You either have to kill them or give them a very negative response to getting in the pool.

Ronnie

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A guy had a similar problem but with pigeons. He came up with a ethical and humane way to teach the birds to stay our of the pool.

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Try a paintball gun. We use them to keep raccoons away. It may be a little strong for a bird though...

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This may be a bit cynical.. stuff rat poison in balls of bread and have your wife and daughter feed the ducks.

;D ;D ;D

wow...the kids will have nightmares of killing ducks for the rest of their lives.... ;D ;D thats terrible.

as far as the youtube video posted above. I lived in an apartment in Vancouver BC that had a bunch of homeless dudes peein on the building, they did the same thing, had the sprinkler and everything. then the homeless guys got smart, peed somewhere else, and used the sprinkler to wash their hands  ;D

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This may be a bit cynical.. stuff rat poison in balls of bread and have your wife and daughter feed the ducks.

;D ;D ;D

wow...the kids will have nightmares of killing ducks for the rest of their lives.... ;D ;D thats terrible.

And never eat bread again.

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Maybe a rubber snake??

Just dont tell the wife and kids when you put it out there.  ;D

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I love how a lot of these involve sneeking something behind the wife and kids backs ;D

you could get some scuba gear, and sit under water till they land, then pop up and grab em! hold on to them for a bit while they try and fly away, and then let them go, they will NEVER be back after that! ;D

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12ga. with a load of #6s should do just fine.

Yep, that should do it! ;D

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Thanks everyone.  Tonight I am going to set up a couple of my daughter's large rubber snakes.  I'll also find my small BB pistol (not powerful, but enough to sting them).  Then, if all else fails looks we'll have duck in addition to a roast pig, roast turkey, and beef BBQ at our Memorial Day picnic.  (I like the crank telephone idea, but all my friends and family are under 99 years old.)   :-?

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barett .50 cal would do the trick. ;)

lol but at $4.25 per round that might get a little expensive. hope your a good shot

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Tie on a 3/0 widegap and put a 1/4 ounce wieght in front of it.  Then cast it over one of the ducks and set the hook.  Not only will it give them a reminder to stay out of your pool but it will make for an interesting fight if you play it out right.

I did this once with a goose that nested too close to my buddys house.  I had my drag set too high and it broke me off pretty quick but it was interesting for all of 30 secs.  They stayed at their nest until the gooselings hatched but as soon as they hatched those geese never came back to that spot, they kept their distance, and didnt hiss at us anymore lol.

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Tie on a 3/0 widegap and put a 1/4 ounce wieght in front of it.  Then cast it over one of the ducks and set the hook.  Not only will it give them a reminder to stay out of your pool but it will make for an interesting fight if you play it out right.

I did this once with a goose that nested too close to my buddys house.  I had my drag set too high and it broke me off pretty quick but it was interesting for all of 30 secs.  They stayed at their nest until the gooselings hatched but as soon as they hatched those geese never came back to that spot, they kept their distance, and didnt hiss at us anymore lol.

That's terrible dude.

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Tie on a 3/0 widegap and put a 1/4 ounce wieght in front of it. Then cast it over one of the ducks and set the hook. Not only will it give them a reminder to stay out of your pool but it will make for an interesting fight if you play it out right.

I did this once with a goose that nested too close to my buddys house. I had my drag set too high and it broke me off pretty quick but it was interesting for all of 30 secs. They stayed at their nest until the gooselings hatched but as soon as they hatched those geese never came back to that spot, they kept their distance, and didnt hiss at us anymore lol.

That's terrible dude.

lol I know, it seemed like a good idea at the time though.

I really don't know if they left because of that or if they just decided not to nest there anymore for another reason though

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