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Keeping birds at bay
« on: June 14, 2008, 07:29:29 AM »
My vegetable garden has been ravaged by birds.

Now, as much as I love our feathered friends, I can't have them eating the food out of my kids mouths.  Any clever ideas of detering birds apart from the traditional scarecrow?

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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2008, 08:45:39 AM »
A very effective way would be to invite Robert Mugabe to visit for a day or 2. The birds will all fly to Zim. LOL LOL
On a serious note, Wayne, in all my years I have never seen something really effective to keep them away. Covering the veggies may be my only geuss.
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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2008, 08:49:50 AM »
That is a tough one. Perhaps a very active Jack Russell like my daughter's. When she visits here the birds still come but stay above the ground level at all times. They still feed from the bird feeder and water bowl which is a meter or more high of the ground. I have a huge number of birds visiting me because I live next to a nature reserve.

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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2008, 09:06:35 AM »
I have just bought some bird netting which I will be stringing up tomorrow.  There's nothing much left to eat at the moment anyway...

As for the JR idea...  I love my garden too much to have a little digger around.
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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2008, 13:16:20 PM »
I feel for you. Scarecrows don't work, they just get used as perches to sit and eye out your veg. Think your only solution my be a physical barrier, like the bird netting. Still, its worth remembering that those birds are taking care of a lot of your problems as well as causing some. Plant more veg next year. I have the opposite problem, I'm trying to attract more birds. What are they eating, btw?

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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2008, 17:52:12 PM »
THey are going for the cabbage, Spinach, Peas and sweet-peas (which were looking spectacular BTW).
If I tell you that they have decamated the crop, that's what they have done, and I have loads of stuff in there!
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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2008, 18:37:34 PM »
I feel with you Wayne. It is amazing how quickly they destroy vegetation. What birds are they.

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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2008, 18:48:04 PM »
I have no idea what they could be, cos it happens when I am not around, and we also live a few metres from a bird sanctuary, so they could be anything from there.

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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2008, 23:23:18 PM »
Amazing spinach! cabbage! how big are these plants? Nothing but worms and snout beetles eat my spinach, besides me and my husband. I was expecting fruiting crops. seriously, are they seedlings or full grown plants? If seedlings, have you tried cloches? I used plastic juice bottles, like two litre oros orange bottles, with their lids off to protect my seedlings from snails, etc until they were big enough to manage an onslaught. Protects from frost too.

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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2008, 06:08:26 AM »
i wouldn say they are seedlings, but they are not fully grown. But yeah, its clearly birds, cos the plants are shredded and not merely nibbled as though caterpillars went at them.

Today they get the netting treatment..
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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2008, 13:45:56 PM »
Hi Wayne,
The thing here in Australia are plastic or rubber snakes. They do wonders...

Give it a try...
Cheers
George...

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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2008, 14:16:06 PM »
Good Idea!  I am gonna try that.  A lot easier than trying to crawl under bird netting every time I want cabbage!
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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2008, 14:02:48 PM »
So I did manage to put the bird netting up this morning.

I actually caught a culprit in it!  It seems that the scoundrels are the MOUSEBIRDS!
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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2008, 14:49:34 PM »
Those are terrible destructors Wayne. I reach for me pellet gun for them.

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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2008, 14:59:41 PM »
Wayne, they are as bad as Indian Minors - get rid of them asap!
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