Have you tried putting the food stupidly unreasonably far away from the water? lolDucks are messy shits, can confirm. Its a black, tar like sticky goo when compared to chicken shit. Also, they take beaks full of food to the water dish and mix the too - your water bowls will quickly look like chai, and then the bowl of oatmeal you left soaking in the sink for 24+ hours. Other than that, no complaints.