I love birds. So much that I don't mind sharing some of my cherries. I also
love cherries, and don't want the dang pesky birds pecking a hole in each
and every one the day before it gets good and ripe!
Other than pie plates, which seem to be keeping safe only the very branches
they are tied to, I'm looking for tried and true tips to keep these lovely
little creatures from greedily devouring my first really good cherry crop.
Does the netting over the whole tree really work? (and can it be removed wi
thout the aid of 4 ladders or lots of cutting?) Are there any scents that w
ould help? Sounds? Scarecrows? Plastic owls? How about tethering a large hu
ngry cat to the tree? (just kidding... sort of...)
I use bird netting on my fruit trees. This is the white polymer kind with a
mesh of about 20mm (3/4 "). You have to buy a net big enough for the tree,
which seems really obvious but I have seen people try to use several small
bits of net.
It keeps out fruit bats. It does not keep out possums. It keeps out most
birds. The only way you know whether you have birds able to get through is
to try. Most birds will sit on it an peck ineffectually trying to get to
the fruit near the edge. Some systematically rip a hole in the net to
I had one female Koel (a migratory frugivorous cookoo) that would cut a new
hole every dawn and over a period of a week got most of my mulberries. I
only got any at all after I stopped releasing her from the net and made it
impossible for her to return the next day.
The degree of difficulty getting net on or off the tree depends on the size
of the tree and how many people you have with ladders, large brooms etc.
You can make a hoop frame out of heavy polypipe over the tree that will make
getting the net over and off again much easier. This also depends on the
size of the tree as there is a limit how tall the hoops can be and stand up
I have never heard of any device to scare away birds (sound, statue,
movement etc) that works well. Usually the birds get used to it and then
On Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 10:59:59 AM UTC-4, Michael Evangelista wrote:
so love cherries, and don't want the dang pesky birds pecking a hole in eac
h and every one the day before it gets good and ripe!
es they are tied to, I'm looking for tried and true tips to keep these love
ly little creatures from greedily devouring my first really good cherry cro
without the aid of 4 ladders or lots of cutting?) Are there any scents that
would help? Sounds? Scarecrows? Plastic owls? How about tethering a large
hungry cat to the tree? (just kidding... sort of...)
Rubber snakes and/or hawk/owl decoys work to a degree especially if they ar
e moved about at night. A motion sensitive water cannon can help as well.
Steve (who's considering a real cannon as my two trees were stripped in one
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