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    Seems 2 Magpie look a like birds the smaller kind have decided they like to use my dogs drinking water bowl as their personal bath tub leaving it dirty.

    I have a birdbath at the rear of my yard that i fill with water for the birds but they prefer the water bowl,it is quite amusing watching them flutter in there,but at the end of the day i dont want my dogs drinking dirty water.

    I dont want to kill the birds as its not in me but im after a solution to ward them off.Im considering netting one of them just to put a scare in to it & hopefully it might leave.

    Thoughts?

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    I have no idea, but I know that Di could help you.

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    Probably a good idea to keep them out, birds carry a vast amount of things, parasites, bacteria and potentially viruses.

    Can you move the water bowl to somewhere the birds are less comfortable?

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    Where is the dogs water bowl? If it's out in the open I'd be looking at moving it to somewhere undercover or even placing it under a chair or similar where the dogs can access it but the birds can't. Or near the back door and put something either side of it to discourage the birds from trying to get to it.

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    Strips of foil, something to wave in the breeze near it on a stake of some kind should do the trick. A bladder from a wine cask tied to it, stuff like that.

    We use massive gas scare guns in the paddock for ducks but that would be overkill for your situation.

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    We use massive gas scare guns in the paddock for ducks but that would be overkill for your situation.
    My town oval got one of them.. Its hell loud

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    Yeah the water bowl issue is only one of the problems this pair of birds are causing,the other thing they do is sit & poo on my outdoor furniture then sit there & squark,claiming theyre territory im guessing.

    I have 2 water bowls 1 main bowl & the other as a reserve incase something happens to the first bowl while im at work.

    Both of the bowls are approx 2 meters from my back sliding door,They are also under cover.My dogs a Jack russell & a Chihuahua used to chase them off at first but now theyre like "Meh" let em do it.

    The Jack Russell used to kill those pigeon looking birds flat out at one stage but i think these other birds are a little too cluey for him.

    Im thinking of building a trap,or just waiting out of site with the hose to give them a drenching & a good scare.

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    We have a mulberry tree and the birds love that.

    The people who owned the house before had put a cat mobile out of steel with glowing marble eyes in the tree. Since we've owned the place I've replaced the yellow marble eyes for red ones and moved the cat a few times to different branches because they were getting used to it,

    I've also hung CD's in the tree because the foil was too light and would end up getting stuck in the leaves etc so didn't dangle anymore.

    I think we've got a fig tree as well or something that bears small green fruit the size of a plumb?? Whatever it is the birds are free to attack that one.

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    are the birds drinking the water, or just playing in it... if they are playing in it, make the bowls smaller, ie add a brick or something to take up space, try smaller bowls, the ones with bottles are quite small... just a thought... my dogs bowls are inside so never really had the problem...

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    Yeah the birds get right in the bowl & flap around a bit having a wash.

    You just gave me a good idea Kimbastaff, i've never seen the birds get into my reserve bowl which is a large ice cream container...must be too deep for them im guessing.Where as their main bowl is lower to the ground & a little more shallow.

    I'l remove their normal water bowl & just replace it with an extra ice cream container & see what happens.

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