Give me my Filet o’ Fish!

I’m Fit to be Tied!

Last year, my poor chickens were dragged away from home by venimous racoons and fox.

Today a giant heron swooped onto Pickle Road and plucked one of  my only two 4-year old koi right from my pond!


I’ll tell you what . . .

The next time that two legged fish eater comes to my pond, I’ma gonna’ have a SUE-prize justa’ waitin’ for ‘im . . .

Take THAT!  And touche, suck-ah!

RIP Mr. Goldie.     Now, you’re officially an . . .

Angel Fish

Click HERE for a moment of Filet o’Fish reflection!           <º))))><     xoxom    <º))))><

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18 Comments on “Give me my Filet o’ Fish!”

  1. Tammy Goff
    May 16, 2010 at 7:56 PM #

    Herron’s are beautiful birds but LOVE to snack on koi around here. I have a couple of quilting friends that have tried lots of things to deter them. One actually has a net over her pond now….good luck with yours!


  2. Tama
    May 16, 2010 at 8:12 PM #

    Yeah, I know a lot of people who have lost fish to herons. So sorry!

    The herons in Golden Gate Park have taken to hunting gophers – they stand by a hole waiting…. kinda cool.


    • May 16, 2010 at 8:33 PM #

      Terrific. Gophers are one thing I DON’T have here, at Chez Vermin! xoxom


  3. bonnie
    May 16, 2010 at 8:34 PM #

    Hate to say it, but the heron will return. It’s best to throw a net over the pond. The heron might still try to get the fish, but will eventuallly give up. There is a very hefty fine for killing the heron!


  4. Sara Volk
    May 16, 2010 at 8:43 PM #

    Maybe if you don’t call it “killing” the heron, but “repurposing” the heron?


  5. Cindie
    May 16, 2010 at 8:58 PM #

    Bonnie has the right idea – put a net over the pond. I know someone who used chicken wire to make a kind of dome over their pond, then put a net over that, and lots of greenery all around. Good luck!


  6. Helen
    May 16, 2010 at 9:03 PM #

    The only thing you can do to help deter the Heron and the raccoon from snacking on your fish is to make sure that there is a big ledge so that the fish can get right underneath it to shelter from predators….nature baby…they were there first and they are opportunists..if they find an easy food source they will make the most of it.

    Foxes will take chickens and they will kill the noisy ones so they don’t raise the alarm. ..a good enclosure is the only way to keep them out…and I mean good…the foxes will burrow to get to the chickens.

    But the foxes, raccoons and heron’s are way prettier than chickens and fish anyway…haha… ;o)


  7. Laura Amundson
    May 16, 2010 at 9:08 PM #

    Nets! It’s the only way. And cages for your chickens.


  8. Rita
    May 16, 2010 at 9:09 PM #

    Wow, that raccoon has some seriously white and straight teeth! That sucks about the koi, although the heron is gorgeous.


    • Sue Radkiewicz
      May 16, 2010 at 10:08 PM #

      Hey Mark, Sorry about the Koi. Not wanting to put a net over our pond, we took the advice of a friend and strung fish line across the pond above the water. Just go back and forth several times depending on the size of the pond. Birds don’t like to get tangled in the line and it’s almost invisible when you look at the pond. Hope you can save your Koi.


      • bonnie
        May 17, 2010 at 8:46 PM #

        We tried that once, it was funny to watch the heron do the high step over the wire – it didn’t deter the bird at all. We also tried putting a heron statue near the pond, that didn’t work either.
        Between the netting and a motion activated sprinkler that shoots water at the bird are fish are now safe. But sometimes the bird still visits to see if we forgot to activate the sprinkler.


  9. Bonnie L
    May 16, 2010 at 10:10 PM #

    Yes, to the chicken wire, use a fine guage and yes to the ledge so they can hide. Racoons are mean and the Herons can find their food elsewhere!


  10. Judy
    May 17, 2010 at 12:33 AM #

    Sorry about the fishie. The herons are native down here (Texas Gulf Coast or Third Coast) but mostly stay in ditches and eat crawdads. We also have raccoons but no foxes. Do you have possums up there? They look like mangy oversized rats but luckily are very dumb so most wind up as roadkill. What we do have in abundance are alligators and coyotes. The alligators are “protected” so can’t be shot until they try to eat your child. Coyotes aren’t protected but we aren’t supposed to use firearms in the city limits. They will also go after small dogs and cats, yummy.

    Good luck with your prevention strategies!!!


  11. Joyce W
    May 17, 2010 at 12:56 AM #

    Hi Mark, the great blue heron is our county bird, they are beautiful but pests when they find a good fishing ground!! We do not have any problems with them at our train garden ponds, they go to the big pond further up the property. We have been told if you put a gazing ball in the water to float around it will keep them away, a pretty way of protecting the koi, give it a try and hope it works.
    Joyce York Ontario.


  12. Smoky
    May 17, 2010 at 1:41 AM #

    Well, Mark, just I like put peanuts out for the blue jays and magpies, you are putting out chickens for the foxes and fish for the heron. Their momma’s don’t raise no dummies!!! ;>) We have the same problems here in Edmonton and area. (and maybe soon, we can raise chickens in our back yard in the city! whooee! Just think – we will then have to look out for fox. Oh – we already do have the fox!! (No racoons around here tho!)


  13. Patti V
    May 17, 2010 at 2:26 AM #

    We had a heron visit our koi pond but the pond was deep and the water was some what below the edge of the pond which made it too deep for the heron to reach the fish. We also had plastic milk crates, with potted water plants on top to keep them on the bottom, so the fish could swim through the holes and hide. We had a couple big fish that couldn’t fit throught the holes so we turned one on it’s side so they could swim into it. Good luck, herons are cool but you hate to lose a fish.


  14. Pat Coble
    May 17, 2010 at 9:59 PM #

    Actually, I do like Great Blue Herons better than koi, but the raccoons will go after Tulip and any other small tasty morsels you might let out at night.
    A note of caution:
    if a fox hangs around a lot and won’t leave even with “encouragement”, it may have distemper or another disease. Our SPCA said foxes seek human habitations when they are sick. How do I know? We had to have one removed from my mother’s sun porch where it was hiding under a table. The cat decided to fight it and ended up with fox saliva on her coat and a distemper booster at the vet’s.


  15. Penny Wolf
    May 18, 2010 at 8:46 PM #

    True wisdom is knowing your place in the food chain. Isn’t Mother Nature grand?


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