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Protecting a Nesting Duck from Neighbor's Cat

How do I keep the neighbor's cat from disturbing a nesting Mallard duck in our flower bed? It keeps pooping close by the nest, but I hardly ever see the darn thing.


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May 17, 20180 found this helpful
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you can put lavender or pennyroyal plants in area surrounding the nest; cats are repelled by these scents, also of a plant known as Coleus canina, AKA "scaredy cat plant."

you can also purchase acquire a 'scarecrow sprinkler' which is a motion-activated sprinkler www.thespruce.com/scarecrow-sprinklers-motion-activated...

the only problem wiht that approach is that it might repel the duck too, thus defeating the purpose

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May 16, 20180 found this helpful

You can bury chicken wire about a foot into the ground to prevent the cat from coming across.

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May 26, 20180 found this helpful

A lot of people dry lemon peels and put them around. Cat's hate lemon. The other is "plant" dollar tree forks tines up in the ground.


The duck has stronger feet than cats so they might traverse over them where the cats won't.

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