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How do I keep birds from drowning in my pond

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by pjslawncare/landscap, May 16, 2004.

  1. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    My wife & I have a little plastic pond with steep walls and I made a little water fall for it, however twice this year we found a drowned bird in it. They obviously come to drink and fall in & cant get out. does any of you pro pond gurus have any suggestions how I can prevent this from happening. Would floating something or some type of water plants solve this. We have a fountain just 15 foot away from this pond they can safely drink from, but some still fall into the pond.
  2. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,143

    Dumb birds down south I guess?

    Maybe check the bird bath for traces of Jim Beam?
  3. Burger

    Burger LawnSite Member
    from Montana
    Posts: 192

    ahh, Natural selection at its finest.
    what you need to do is simply add a stick or a twig, or even a floating log perhaps, something the bird can crawl up on. They only have claws and a beak to work with so it has to be something soft like wood. something to allow them to get their wings out of the water.
    I have seen simple chicken wire ladders used as well.
  4. dzs1945

    dzs1945 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    tell them to stay out
  5. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,915

    I've had this problem as well and we simply put a "No Lifeguard on Duty" sign up and haven't had a problem since. :p

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