Capsaicin water for predator deterrent

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Snipes, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. Snipes

    Snipes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had my first loss on Friday, one of my three boys disappeared without a trace and I don't know if was a predator or if he hopefully flew away. I've gotten to thinking about things I can do to deter predators other than what I have in place already. I know that capsaicin affects mammals only as it evolved to discourage them in favor of birds, so I was thinking of getting a bunch of oil and dumping it into their playing ponds. Presumably they wouldn't feel a thing and they be weaving it into their bodies every time they splash and groom. If a mammal grabbed them and they had active capsaicin on their feathers, might they drop it? Has anyone given this a try?
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I personally wouldn't suggest this. You might also want to check with local regulations before attempting this.
     
  3. Snipes

    Snipes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why do you suggest looking at local regulations, may I ask? I can understand what you mean if I were to add it into any public pond or one shared between neighbors, but I am talking about a backyard pond or a kiddie pool.
     
  4. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    Poisoning certain animals can get you in trouble in places.
     
  5. Snipes

    Snipes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure if it would count as poisoning. The idea isn't that predators would injest it, quite the opposite! It's the same idea as putting pepper in birdseed to prevent squirrels and I see that being sold so there must not be a law against specifically that. I will check with DFW to see if there is a law against it.
     
  6. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The birds might be fine eating it but I wonder if it might be bad for their eyes. Have you ever gotten jalapeƱo juice in your eye? Ouch! Also, my mom has tried those spicy bird cakes and the wild birds didn't touch it. So even if it's safe for the ducks doesn't mean they'll actually like it.
     

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