Sunday, May 08, 2011

Duckpdate

I thought I would update the duck story.

They stayed so long in the pool on Friday I was really afraid they had moved in. I took this pic from my office window Friday afternoon. See Mr. Duck marching around like he owns the joint??


I went outside later and they were gone. I checked again for eggs and found none.

After reading Snow's comments about duck poop and starting to find some really big piles... I decided to not be such a hospitable hostess. Yesterday morning when they landed in the pool, I went out and shooed them which did nothing. So I got the pool brush. Mrs. Duck flew into my neighbor's tree. Mr. Duck flew to my roof and marched around up there, fussing at me the whole time. Mrs. Duck got mad at him and flew over him circling and calling to him and he finally flew off with her. 

After telling my pool guy ('tilla's dad) about this, he reassured me I'm doing the right thing. He says that baby ducks cannot survive in a pool. The chemicals will kill them. He regularly fishes out entire families of duckings from his clients pools. 

Still, I'm betting this is going to be a daily process for a while.


5 comments:

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Just like human evictions - the burden of pushing them out is on you. Hope you are successful. The fact that they are so yappy at you makes one wonder if those eggs aren't hidden somewhere that you haven't discovered. Paws crossed for them find a better place soon.

Happy Mother's Day!

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Snowbrush said...

I can't imagine why they would even want to hang out in your pool since there's nothing to eat there. I guess the fact that they do says something about the availability of water in your area. Would that be correct?

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Actually no... There's a canal that runs behind my house that always has some water...maybe not swimming depth. It ends up in a lovely pond where we hike about a mile down the mountain. Right across the valley floor is the big river...still flowing. And we have a few reservoirs up the mountain.

ordinaryjanet said...

Maybe they think they found some privacy.

Priscilla said...

Hope the duck couple realise that your pool isn't their home sweet home and all this shoo-the-ducks business won't take you too long!

Good luck!!!