Protect Koi Ponds from Predatory Birds

33ea8ec42091f1e4de915b0ec8b9298fok, so admittedly i don’t know much about koi. I stocked my pond with some salmon last year but drought killed them off, so I am far from an expert on raising fish. So, I am going to use information from others who know more about the popular ornamental carp. Apparently these fish can be pretty valuable:

If a breeder raises a highly sought after koi, it can sell for thousands of dollars. $250,000 is not unheard of for a prized koi fish. http://koistory.com/blog/all-about-koi-fish-facts

Obviously, these fish are kept in ponds:

“Koi ponds are ponds used for holding koi, usually as part of a landscape. Koi ponds can be designed specifically to promote health and growth of the Nishikigoi or Japanese Ornamental Carp. The architecture of the koi pond can have a great effect on the health and well being of the koi.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koi

So, they can be valuable, pretty, people like them, and they are kept in outdoor koi ponds. So, a group of colorful fish in an outdoor pond – sounds a little like a predator magnet to me! As it turns out, a product that we developed for chicken keepers also works very well for keeping predatory birds away from valuable koi. That’s right – Hawk Stopper – the visual deflection net brought to you by predatorpee – is a solution to preventing aerial attack on your unsuspecting koi. Each unit protects 1500 sq ft (approx. 20’x75′) and includes 100 feet of rope for installation! We have sold hundreds of Hawk Stoppers since its introduction last year.  New this year, we have developed the Mini Hawk Stopper for smaller applications – the same concept in a smaller size. Visual Deflection Net – 700 sq ft (approx. 20’x35′) – Still includes 100 feet of rope for installation!

So, no matter how big your koi pond is, we’ve got you covered! But, as I always say, you don’t have to take my word for it . . .

“Thank you PredatorPee for overnighting our Hawk Guard!!! We had placed an order & chose 2 day shipping due to terrible hawk activity that we had (lost 5 birds in 2 weeks!😞) and I’m happy to say the hawk has not been able to get into the chicken area since putting the netting up!😃👍 Thank you so very much for your product & your kindness of overnighting it!!!🐣🐔”

“Thank you HawkStopper! This and my scare crow are working wonderfully together.”

-Tiffany

Until I find more words . . . The PeeMan

Problem: Predatory Hawks – Solution: Hawk Stopper

“. . .as a backyard chicken owner I hated to see my chickens killed. I wanted to know exactly how to protect chickens from hawks. The red-tailed hawk is one of three species in the United States known as a chicken hawk. The other two are sharp shinned and Cooper’s hawks.” How to protect chickens from hawks Pam Freeman

hawkUnfortunately, this chicken keeper’s experience is all too common. Hawks are a real threat to free range poultry across the country and with a rise in the number of backyard chickens, it is a problem begging for a solution.  Some people resort to shooting these birds right out of the sky. Well, aside from it being needless killing, this is also illegal without proper permitting.

“ All hawks and owls are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 USC, 703-711). These laws strictly prohibit the capture, killing, or possession of hawks or owls without special permit.”

In addition to this fact, “No repellents or toxicants are registered or recommended for controlling hawk or owl damage. In years past, raptors were killed by putting out carcasses laced with poison. This practice led to the indiscriminate killing of many nontarget animals. Concerns for human safety also prompted the banning of toxicants for raptor control.”(http://icwdm.org/handbook/birds/HawksOwls.asp)

So, what is a chicken keeper faced with this ongoing threat to do?

Well, that is what the creative folks at predatorpee.com have been researching for the past few years. And the result of those efforts have produced the Hawk Stopper – visual deflection net.

The concept was first used to protect salt-water salmon farms in the Gulf of Maine from predatory sea birds. Hawk Stopper now uses the same principles of visual deflection to protect free-range chickens, turkeys and ducks as well as koi, catfish and other inland pond or farm-raised fish.
How does Hawk Stopper work? When you call someone eagle eye, it’s because they have sharp eyesight. But in reality, no human’s eyesight comes even close to the visual capabilities of predatory raptors like hawks, eagles and falcons. These birds see about 8 times better than humans – they see things sharper and from a greater distance than anything we can imagine. Hawk Stopper uses the hawks’ incredible eyesight to turn an easy-to-handle, inexpensive, lightweight 1500 square foot mesh into a formidable and impenetrable barrier. What we see as almost invisible looks to hawk like jail cell door!

A peaceful, easy solution that will keep your hens safe and not harm the hawks either. It’s a win-win.

 

PredatorPee® – Keeping it simple.

 

Back in 1999 when we first put PredatorPee.com on line, things were different. You could put up graphics and information, but you couldn’t actually buy anything. You looked it up online, then you called in your order. The connections were all dial-up and slower than mud. It was pretty Mickey Mouse, but you could sense that something big was brewing. I can remember telling someone “If women can ever shop on this thing, it’s going to be huge!”
Pretty prophetic for the PeeMan, wouldn’t you say? But, we’ve always been a bit ahead of our time.

A news story written about us at the time, had the headline: “This E-Business is in the Pee Business” – catchy, wasn’t it?  So, here we are 17 years later and this Pee Business is still in the E-Business in a big way.

We now have a whole bunch of websites (a few are listed below) for a variety of “unique and useful products from Maine”. We try to keep them simple and functional – not a lot of flash. Here are some of our basics:

  • Good, informative content – sometimes clever, sometimes marked by a little juvenile humor
  • Fast, Free Shipping – if you order today, it goes out tomorrow. Weekend orders go our Monday. Everything shipped free via Priority Mail to USA and Canada
  • Quick answers to your questions – don’t you hate it when you email a website and never hear back? That won’t happen here. Email ask-the-PeeMan – during the week, he is pretty quick – a little slower on the weekend.
  • Pay your way. paypal-cc-amazonCredit card, PayPal or go right to Amazon and order – your way is the way we like it!
  • Best Guarantee in the Business: We guarantee PredatorPee® will work or guarantee4141we’ll send you another “flavor” to try. If the critters still don’t cooperate, we’ll send you your money back! We’ll make it work or we’ll make it right.

To sum things up, when it comes to our e-business,

we want to treat you like we like to be treated. Pretty simple.

www.PredatorPee.com

www.MaineCrusherHats.com

www.BootGrease.com

www.HawkStopper.com

www.HotDoe.com

www.MaineOutdoorSolutions.com

 

New Hawkstopper puts the Freedom back into Free-Range!

As an entrepreneur, my mind is working non stop on developing new and useful products. The long winter months in Maine give me plenty of time to think. Well, the calendar says its Spring and I have a brand new product to introduce! HawkStopper . . .

When you and your chickens go free range, it gets noticed! Especially by Mr. Hawk. Hawks, while soaring high above, use their keen eyesight to locate chickens and then dive-bomb at near super-sonic speed to attack the unsuspecting flock.  Well, we have found a way to use that keen eyesight to fool Mr. Hawk into thinking the chickens are protected by an impenetrable barrier.

How does HawkStopper work? When you call someone eagle eye, it’s because they have sharp eyesight. But in reality, no human’s eyesight comes even close to the visual capabilities of predatory raptores like hawks, eagles and falcons. These birds see about 8 times better than humans – they see things sharper and from a greater distance than anything we can imagine. HawkStopper uses the hawks’ eyesight to turn an easy-to-hawkstopper-visual-deflection-logo-900handle, inexpensive, lightweight 1500 square foot mesh into a formidable shield. The HawkStopper net looks almost invisible to us, but to a hawk it looks like a steel grate! To a hawk, the HawkStopper looks 8 times bigger and 8 times stronger than it is and they can see  8 times farther away than we can!

This concept was first used to protect salt-water salmon farms in the Gulf of Maine from predatory sea birds. HawkStopper now uses the same principles of visual deflection to protect free-range chickens, turkeys and ducks as well as koi, catfish and other inland pond or farm-raised fish. If you need hawk protection, HawkStopper is worth checking out. HawkStopper is made in the USA.

See our ad in the latest edition of Backyard Poultry Magazine

Just another in a line of useful products designed by PredatorPee to help keep predators and pests away!

Until I find more words(or products). . .The PeeMan

 

PeeMan’s Gotta Have Hobbies: 2nd Airstream Refurb

Greetings from the green North woods!

Sunny and warm today. This post will be short on words and long on pictures. Since this is the second time that I have completely redone the inside of a classic Airstream camper, I decided more photo documentation would be good this time around. As to why I would take on such an endeavor. – I mean, I got pee to sell and a farm to manage, right? Well, it is like this – in order for me to do those things well, I need to have a project. Usually, it is more than one project. I want to work with my hands, mull things over in the solitude, and most importantly – see progress! I like results! So many things that we do in our lives either don’t produce clear results or the results may come after we’ve passed on. I may not pay close attention to the little details or do it like a carpenter would, but you bet I will get ‘er done!

The beginning

The beginning

before: inside view 1

before: inside view 1

before: inside view 2

before: inside view 2

before: inside view 4

before: inside view 4

Well, as you can see, she wasn’t too pretty when I started. I ripped out all of the beds/couches and the table area. I only really kept the kitchen unit. Even the overhead cabinets came out. The outside is really nice to look at but the dated, plastic interior had to go. As soon as it was warm enough to work in the unheated storage area where the camper is kept, I began ripping and tearing and basically gutting the metal beast. Progress has been swift and many more pictures will follow in the weeks to come. This is just to give you a taste and to begin from, well from the beginning. The first step to getting results!

Until I find more words(and pictures). . .The PeeMan

before: inside view 3

before: inside view 3

The Long Winter

snowfiddleGreetings from the FROZEN North Woods,

It has been four months since I last blogged. Four months of winter. I live in Maine, I should expect it, right? It may come every year, but each Maine winter has its own surprises. This winter is no exception. Big snow storm and freezing first of November. Early December more snow. Then, it all melts and it is near 50 for Christmas! January is colder but no snow. And then, the Emperor of the North(I stole that phrase from somewhere)descended on a carpet of white and has yet to recede one bit. We now have 4 feet of snow and February is going on the books as the coldest month in this part of the world. Not only the coldest February – the coldest month – jumping ahead of four Januarys in the top five coldest months on record. So, I have just been on shovel, snowblow, plow, roof rake and repeat mode for a month. My stink pipe has frozen over multiple times, the roof of the greenhouse almost collapsed under the weight of snow, my transmission went in the truck, I substituted the Scout for plowing, got the truck back, one of my laying hens died, and meanwhile the snow drifts just keep growing and blowing. My driveway disappears regularly with the drifting which means more plowing. In between snow duties, I have to find time to make sure the pee gets out the door. I have to have inventory deliveries made at my daughter’s house in town because the UPS guy can’t always make it down the driveway. So I haven’t had much time for blogging. I have complained an awful lot and I don’t like just letting problems hang out there without resolution. Advice to self – “So, quit your bellyaching and do something!”

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Snow Scout reporting for duty!

Well, I can’t make the snow disappear but I can use the time inside forced on me by the brutal wind and snow to do something productive. So, I am updating the blog, changing some things up and broadening the scope of my posts. Don’t worry, I will still pass along tidbits about all the wonderful uses of pee – I am the PeeMan after all! But, I will start posting about what life is like for me. Now, I don’t know why anyone would really want to take time to read about a 60 something entreprenuer who lives in the woods of Maine, but my daughters tell me that this blogging is an important part of the whole internet commerce thing. On that note, think backyard chickens(2015 is the year of the chicken at predatorpee.com), think gardening – seedlings going to be started soon, don’t forget airstream refurbish #2, the Scout project, pig husbandry, and maybe even some excerpts from the book I wrote for my daughters for Christmas 2014.

Google Chrome Issues

Just a short business related note: For some reason the newest update for Google Chrome is fighting with our shopping cart. I am currently working on a solution which means WAY more time in front of the computer than I like, but for now, please use a different browser to ensure the best possible shopping experience at predatorpee.com. Sorry for the inconvenience.

The PeeMan