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Old 27-05-2010, 18:54   #1
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Bird Poop - Who Needs it ?

Argh! Why aren't birds constipated around my boat! Its like they open a poop-chute valve near my formerly pristine decks. I'm not in a covered slip. What can I do to stop them from pooping? Nada. OK, what can I do to keep the feathered #^*% away from my boat. I ordered an American Bald Eagle flying sock/kite from jackite (online) and I'll try flying that near my boat - I'll post any anecdotal 'evidence' of that working or not. Does anyone have any other ideas/products that work for them? Anyone poopless in Seattle? (OK, I'm in Vancouver - same thing....). Cheers,
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Old 27-05-2010, 18:59   #2
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It once was shipped from europe to MDs eastern shore. I think they wanted it in MD. Apparantaley it wasn't as desire in Europe.
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Old 27-05-2010, 19:08   #3
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Its like they open a poop-chute valve near my formerly pristine decks.
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Do you have any Cormorants out there? They're by far the worst.
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Old 27-05-2010, 19:36   #4
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I'm not sure of all the bird types - but there are seagulls, crows, and small chickadee types.... The crows seem to poop purple poop - its awful.....
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Old 27-05-2010, 20:08   #5
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Do you have any Cormorants out there? They're by far the worst.
I don't think you can do anything about cormorants...I'm pretty sure they aim at people deliberately. Either that, or the ones on the lampposts around here are living in some kind of nexus of coincidence.
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Old 27-05-2010, 20:13   #6
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pirate vicious disggusting birds

There is nothing you can do except wash your neighbors boat. Then they will crap all over that. They will always crap on the clean boat. I even had a gull steal a fish from an eagle and then drop the fish on my deck right in front of me. Then a bunch of crows who wanted the fish came down and hung around complaining. Clean boat equals bird lavatory. I would like bird controll by Browning.
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Old 27-05-2010, 22:22   #7
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While not necessarily legal, bb guns do the trick. I know someone who was reduced to this after employing various tactics to get rid of cormorants.
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Old 27-05-2010, 22:37   #8
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Thats my only complaint i have about having a catamaran. Twice as much surface area for them to hit.
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Old 28-05-2010, 06:24   #9
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So far, the tips are: clean my neighbours's boat, arm myself, get a smaller boat...and stay away from Cormorants. So does that mean anyone not following these tips is either in a boathouse or willing to put up with bird poop?
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Old 28-05-2010, 06:35   #10
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Sorry to say, nothing works. The problem changes with the seasons and which bird species are around and what they eat. Boat house, boat detailing service or in my case clean the boat before I can use it. Just part of the game I guess.
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Old 28-05-2010, 07:44   #11
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After a really bad stint with Cormorants we came up with this setup to keep them off the spreaders. Might not look so good, but we used what we had on the boat at the time, and at least it kept 'em off the mast.

Amazingly, from the mast they could hit the cockpit 20 feet back. Projectile poop....
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Old 28-05-2010, 08:38   #12
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I swear they're doing it on purpose
They must have incredible sphincter control - able to hold the load until they see 'glass. I don't mind cleaning the boat - I crank some tunes, put the brain in neutral, and spend some quality solo time... Its when I can't get to the boat for a while and I see the poop - makes me feel shitty....(sorry, couldn't help it).
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Old 28-05-2010, 09:06   #13
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Practical Sailor just did a review on many types of devices. None worked really well for any length of time.

HOWEVER, I can tell you this. Early in December we decorate the boat for our local Light Parade. This involves strings of lights to the top of the mast. We leave it up until early January. With our boat decorated, we get NO bird poop - and our neighbors get covered up. They really don't like Xmas lights!
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Sorry to say, nothing works.
Wow. Such a defeatist attitude! Lots of things work. For example, I brought a boat cat aboard, and I've found that if a bird lands on the lifelines, by throwing the cat at the bird I can usually frighten it away.

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Old 28-05-2010, 09:46   #15
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I can only imagine what would happen to me in the marina if I start hurling cats and waving a weapon around. I am sure I would not be the first boat owner brought to a hideous end after being subjected to the machinations of wildlife. There is one thing that works-- they dont crap on the boat when it is away from the dock----hmmmm now there's an idea. "Sorry boss, birds are crapping on my boat, I must go sailing." Hmmmm.
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