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I've raised ducks for 7 years but roosting is new to me- I am 9 months into raising my muscovy duck. We have a roosting area in the coop that's sufficient at night and if they hang out there during the day but most of the daytime they free range our backyard. Lucy, my muscovy, has taken to using our new patio walls as her favorite roosting spot in the yard. As you can see in the picture- I can't keep up with the poo. We clipped her wing, so she can't roost much higher than that. I need some help brainstorming on how I can deter her from roosting on the wall area. She only has access from the direction the picture was taken (on the side open to the yard). Of course I don't mind her being there, but it becomes her main pooping spot. It's too much, especially in the warmer months when that is used as a seating area! I'm wondering if there's something I can keep there to deter her when I'm not out there to keep her off of it. Any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated!

 

 

 

  

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I've raised ducks for 7 years but roosting is new to me- I am 9 months into raising my muscovy duck. We have a roosting area in the coop that's sufficient at night and if they hang out there during the day but most of the daytime they free range our backyard. Lucy, my muscovy, has taken to using our new patio walls as her favorite roosting spot in the yard. As you can see in the picture- I can't keep up with the poo. We clipped her wing, so she can't roost much higher than that. I need some help brainstorming on how I can deter her from roosting on the wall area. She only has access from the direction the picture was taken (on the side open to the yard). Of course I don't mind her being there, but it becomes her main pooping spot. It's too much, especially in the warmer months when that is used as a seating area! I'm wondering if there's something I can keep there to deter her when I'm not out there to keep her off of it. Any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated!

 

 

 

  

Muscovy's love to roost so you might try some large pots like flower pots,   but then again she may just start getting up on them unless very large and she can't get to them.

 

@Mudbillkisses  Welco me to BYC you and Lucy. 

 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God ~C.S.Lewis~

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God ~C.S.Lewis~

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Thanks for your suggestion, Miss Lydia!  

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Follow up: Just in case this ends up helping someone else...I seem to have found the solution. I leaned 4 very large plastic bin lids up against the area of the wall she has the most access to and it's  high enough that she can't jump over it. If her wing wasn't clipped that would be a different story but surprisingly, this has been enough to deter her from trying.  My walls are poo free now! 

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