Help! Many dead birds in my pond!


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I have a very small preformed garden pond (about 90 gallons) with a small waterfall/fountain. No fish or any plantlife in the water. I do have some perennial hostas planted up around the waterfall area. The pond is surrounded by slate rock.
I am almost ready to throw in the towel on this pond after 5 years and heres why......
I am getting several dead birds a day in my pond! I have no idea how this is happening and this is not the first season this has happened. Last year was the same, just not to this extent. I have had aprrox. 6-7 dead birds in the last week that I have taken out of my little pond. There are no windows around this area of my yard so thats not it, and they are all different types of birds.
Does anyone have any suggestions before i just fill the whole pond in with dirt and call it quits? This is no fun and is certainly not beautiful to look at! And I dont want to kill all of these birds that I love to watch......
 
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No, there are no toxins in the water. I have just cleaned and filled my pond for the first time in the last 2 weeks and have not put anything in the water yet because of this bird problem which started right away. I usually like to use some aquatic plants. I only used water from the tap and elbow grease to clean with and there is no spraying of fertilizers or pesticides around my property.
 
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Do you think it might be the pump?

The reason I ask this is that I had a very small cement fountain in the corner of my yard that use to have this same problem (though not to the extent that you're talking about). I never found out what caused it, but as soon as I took out the pump (which was small and did little good towards creating any movement in the water anyway) the dead birds stopped appearing. It might be something like that? I don't know, I just read you post and immediately thought of the few dead birds that I found occasionally in that fountain prior to removing the pump.
 

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That is realy strange,can you give us a pic of the small pond to look at ?
 

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Your pond is toxic and the birds are drinking from it. Why do you have water in a pond that has no purpose?
 
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I have a 90 gallon preformed that I have plants in, in between my two larger ponds. I had the same problem until I built the other two. The only thing we could figure out is the birds are trying to get water and can not get a good grip with the way it is done.Since the two larger ponds were added we have not had a problem. Try a piece of driftwood in it that kinda lays sideways so they can get a good grip as well as get water.They love to bath as well but not sure what to fix in there to allow them to do that.
 
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While on the subjects of birds in the pond. I get nervous ever time I see a bird in my waterfall stream bathing. All I can think of is the bad things coming off the bird and into my pond (ie. parasites!!!) Do you think birds can bring parasites, bad bacteria or fungus to a pond?
 
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What kind of birds are dying in ponds out there? I just watch a bunch of starlings gather around the one good bathing spot in my little 55 gal. pond and push the smallest one right in. Good thing I was watching because I was able to rush over and fish him out - poor little thing! My solution, after watching the little guy struggle, is to make sure that there is an easy exit rout on both sides of the pond. With the pond being so small, I didn't think that was necessary, but I guess that when there is an aggressor guarding at the ladder out of the pool, it may seem like there's no way out. We have an ugly stick there for the time being, but I plan on finding something more permanent.
 

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could the pump be bad and electrocuting them .It does not take much of a shock .you may not even feel it
 

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The original post is from 2009 , they may not even be around any more.
 

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