prevent birds from eating plums & cherries?

Do any of you have any suggestions on how to prevent birds from eating my fruit when they are ripe? Putting netting over the trees is out of the question and artificial owls do not work. I put netting over my strawberry patch and that helps. Thanks for your help.
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wrote:

Consider Queen Anne cherries as they are yellow. I might be wrong about that but if my memory serves me well this may be worth looking into.
Good Luck!
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On Sat, 08 Apr 2006 15:35:19 -0400

Sadly the birds love the Queen Annes too. And many of them do shade a little red at the end. This past year I managed to get about half of them, after a late start. I left the rest for the following morning. When I came out, there was not a cherry left. :(
Oddly birds don't seem to bother my plums, or my neighbor's cherries (he has Queen Anne and dark red also) as much as they do mine. Red, white, whatever.
I may try the CD thing this year. There's a fellow up the road who does it, he always seems to have a big crop quite late on.
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Emery Davis wrote:

I do the "CD thing" for my peach tree and grapes. I drill a small hole near the edge of unwanted CDs, thread kite string through the holes, and hang the CDs from the tree, grape vines and nearby shrubs. The CDs hand about 6-12 inches. This does seem to keep birds away from the fruit but not raccoons and squirrels.
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To control the birds feasting on my blueberries I planted a good amount of catnip. Half the stray cats in town hang out in my yard now but my harvests have never been better. Initially when I planted the first bushes I considered netting but for the same price I was able to plant 6 more bushes. So we can all eat, me , the birds, and occasionally the cats!
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I've seen people take used CD's, glue 'em back to back so both sides are shiny and hang 'em all over the tree.
I've always read to put a bird bath in your backyard. The birds are wanting the moisture more than the fruit and the bird bath helps to deter 'em. HTH

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And bird feeders. Give them an alternate source and they may leave your fruit alone.
Dwayne

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Try ziplock bags. A bit unpractical with cherries, but you can cover clusters with them. Be sure to cut a slit at the bottom end to allow rain water to drain out.
Sherwin D.
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Hubby's grandma used to kill a few birds and hang 'em up. No more problems (according to her). I can't imagine what a dead crow smells like in June when it's 100*. Yuck

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