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      Seagull killing Koi

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      I have a huge seagull that is landing on my pond net and wandering around causing chaos. It has killied two Koi recently and im sure it will just keep coming back
      any ideas on how to get rid of for good - pond net is not working. I was thinking about buying a cargo net type net that wont hit the water when the seagull stands on it and keeping the other net. I have a trail camera setup and can see the seagul doing this at night as well as during the day. Its not eating the Koi just pecking them to death. Any help would be appreciated

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      Good morning! Is there any chance it’s a blue heron?

      I have had similar issues with a heron..they are crafty. You have to suspend the net high enough that they can’t weigh it down and not so high that they can get under it. The cargo net sounds like it may be a viable option.
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      There are some motion detector predator deturants available that spray water and can be affective. Here is an idea I have come up with that involves an "air dancer" connected to a motion detection switch. Air dancers and blowers can be purchased from this site https://www.lookourway.com/ . The blower could be activated through a motion detedtion switch.

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      Wow, I have tons of seagulls that fly over my pond, but have never had any land on the net. Of course, my net is 3 feet off of the ground, suspended on my aluminum fence that surrounds the pond. But, I've never seen it. I hope you find something soon. How about a cat or a dog?


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      Thanks All for the reply. Definately a seagull as ive just chased it again from walking on the net. I have a big dog and he does bark at them but hes not outside all the time and the seagull also visits at nightime. It isnt there to eat the fish, just seems to be eating the food but it has killed a couple of fish (find them decapidated but not eaten). Looking to see if any deterrants actually work, i have a fake owl but its useless. All i can think if is a net that doesnt sink into water.

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      You said "All i can think if is a net that doesnt sink into water." How big is your pond? If it's not too big you can pound some PVC into the ground with some elbows, connect more pipe to the elbows to create a suspension structure to hold the net up off the water over the pond.
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      In addition to a heavy duty net, it would be a good idea to cover a part of the pond with a shade sail, so the fish have somewhere to escape from the bird. I have a 1/4 of mine covered to keep them protected from the sun, as well as predator protection. This is my current set up, I have a 3 foot high aluminum fence over the pond that bird netting is suspended from. You can buy individual panels from places like lowes or Home Depot, or have a fence company come and install a custom fence. I hope you find a solution soon. Sorry it's sideways, but you get the idea.

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      Quote Originally Posted by beastman_1103 View Post
      Thanks All for the reply. Definately a seagull as ive just chased it again from walking on the net. I have a big dog and he does bark at them but hes not outside all the time and the seagull also visits at nightime. It isnt there to eat the fish, just seems to be eating the food but it has killed a couple of fish (find them decapidated but not eaten). Looking to see if any deterrants actually work, i have a fake owl but its useless. All i can think if is a net that doesnt sink into water.
      A rifle will work very well.
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      Hello beastman_1103. We had this sort of problem when we lived in Australia, and now that we are in America, the issue is snakes . After a traumatic incident at our old house, we made a permanent solution and had no more problems. What we did was use a metal mesh sheet, like this: https://www.bunnings.com.au/whites-1...panel_p3069916 . We spray painted it black in non toxic paints to suit our area, and then the work began! Using a piece like this: https://www.bunnings.com.au/dunnings...acket_p1076642 , we secured it to the pond. What we did was, drill one side to the pond, and use zipties to go through the bottom part of the L shape and secure the metal mesh. It was extremely sturdy, and we never had a problem with it in the four years we lived there. We even had a small child fall on it and it didn't break. If you are confused about the L shaped fitting thing and securing it, I'd be happy to answer any questions or draw a diagram for you. I hope this is helpful!!

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      The gun laws in Australia and the U.K etc are very strict, unlike America, for example. A rifle is not a good option for Beastman_1103, as they live in Scotland. Don't mean to be rude- or controversial-, AceKoi.

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      thanks All. Seagulls are also protected here so definately cant shoot them lol. I have bought a large cargo net and will use this alongside my smaller net. I have played some youtube audio clips when it lands near the pond and then it flies away, so may also purchase one of the audio deterrents. Once the net is up and it cant get to the water then i presume it will stop coming. Thanks for all the advice, much appreciated.

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      Quote Originally Posted by beastman_1103 View Post
      thanks All. Seagulls are also protected here so definately cant shoot them lol. I have bought a large cargo net and will use this alongside my smaller net. I have played some youtube audio clips when it lands near the pond and then it flies away, so may also purchase one of the audio deterrents. Once the net is up and it cant get to the water then i presume it will stop coming. Thanks for all the advice, much appreciated.
      Wow, seagulls are just winged rats, I am surprised that they would be protected anywhere.
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      Is it possible to post the trail camera picture please.
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