Homestead Hack: Keeping Birds Off Railings

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I love the wild birds.  We have a bird feeder out back that we keep filled so we can enjoy them all.  (be sure to check out my Bird-Feeding Homestead Hack where I share how we keep ’em fed on the CHEAP!)  There are always a wide variety of birds near our feeder and they nest nearby too, raising their young.  Oh how I love it all!

But as you know, recently RancherMan & I had a porch extension built.  We spend lots of time out there enjoying the birds and the scenery.  But ugh, the birds use the railings as their perch and there was always mounds of poop building up along the railings and on the built-in benches.  Until…

I got to wondering how I could enjoy the porch & that gorgeous view and still keep everything looking natural?  How do I keep the birds we love from pooping all over the railings?

How do you keep birds (and their POOP) off your porch or deck railings? We came up with a simple, CHEAP solution that works like a charm! #TexasHomesteader

As you see in the photo below, all those birds leave a little something behind as they congregate on the railings.  Even with constant cleaning, it’s always back within minutes.  How disgusting!  A constant, never ending chore. But what’s the solution?  Hummm…

How do you keep birds (and bird POOP) off your porch or deck railings? We came up with a simple, CHEAP solution that works like a charm! #TexasHomesteader

What if I ran a string along the rails about 4″ high between the porch’s poles?  Yeah!  They’ll try to land and won’t be able to grip the string and they’ll give up!  I asked RancherMan what string he’d like me to use and he said “Why don’t we just use fishing line?  It’s cheap, it’s easy and it will be almost invisible!”

So we took some inexpensive fishing line and wrapped it around the first pole and strung it along the rail about 4″ high to the second pole.  We tied it to that pole and ran another line between that pole and the next.  Then we sat back to see if it would work.  As you can see by the photo below, it really is almost invisible!

How do you keep birds (and bird POOP) off your porch or deck railings? We came up with a simple, CHEAP solution that works like a charm! #TexasHomesteader

EUREKA!  It works like a charm.  There are still lots of birds for us to enjoy, but they stay away from the porch now. And because it’s almost invisible it doesn’t detract at all from the beauty of our porch.  Now the bird poop doesn’t detract from our view either!

~TxH~

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4 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Keeping Birds Off Railings

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’ve been really pleased at its outcome, Laurinda. Not only was it quick, but fishing line is inexpensive AND it barely even shows, so it doesn’t even look out of place. ~TxH~

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      It really is almost invisible Colleen, even when you’re sitting right there! I love that it doesn’t distract from our view. ~TxH~

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