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Any ideas how to keep birds from raiding my outdoor pond? Answered

I have a small [3 ft * 2 ft] outdoor pond w/fountain .Would like some goldfish for added color.
But everytime I stock it the birds clean it out in a day or two.
Tried a mesh cover but just took longer for them to poke holes in it.
Any suggestions


kill them and pout a cage a rond it

There are two schools of thought on the Plastic Heron approach. It either keeps the others away as they can see that pond is already 'taken', or it attracts the others as they can see one of their number already down there!

my grandad has had heron problems at two homes over the years, and although the plastic heron did initially work it eventually got wise and sat next to it to confuse the fish! he is now looking at a low voltage electric fence like andy gadget has mentioned. he also tried a ir activated sprinkler which did scare the hell out of it at first but again it soon figured it out, clever buggers!

Provide a place for the fish to hide- as in overhang or cave

If the problem is long-legged wading birds such as herons, the usual approach is to put in a ring of sticks around a foot high and a foot away from the edge of the pond with a strand of thin black thread between them. The bird struts up to the pond and finds itself impeded by something it can't see, so flies off. This method does work. Something like a kingfisher is more of a problem as they will sit on a nearby branch and dive down to grab a meal. Kiteman's 'bird of prey silhouette' is a better bet here.