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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2008, 15:17:08 PM »
I agree Midge. The Indian Minahs are even worse behaved than Mousebirds but probably the most clever bird out there. When you shoot one, the rest move to another location which is fine with me. I found one or two in my shade house some time ago. They pick the Clivia seeds out of the pots. Fortunately the roots were quite long and they only pulled about four halfway out the ground. We had a successful shoot out battle over the territory which was won in my favour. 

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« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2008, 06:53:23 AM »
How does one get rid of the B*ggers?  I am a terrible shot with a pellet gun!
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« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2008, 08:25:58 AM »
You have to practise. Balance a coin on the barrel and learn to pull the trigger without the coin falling off. LOL
The net is the most humane and effective way though. There's probably not much food elsewhere at the moment.

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« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2008, 08:43:26 AM »
There's probably not much food elsewhere at the moment.

Yeah amongst the humans too... :mmm:
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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2008, 05:54:53 AM »
Here's a picture of one of the little horrors! Borrowed from another site of course...
They have found a small opening in the net and are continuing with their wicked ways!

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« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2008, 06:06:40 AM »
Hi Early Bird. I do not see a picture. Did you post one.

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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2008, 17:22:25 PM »
Hey. The pic shows on my side. 

Do you have it yet?
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« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2008, 20:33:30 PM »
No Wayne.

Is it only my computer that does not pick them up. I think that they are on the slow train and shunting somewhere between Kleinbossie Siding and Rustig Siding. I will check back here on Sunday.


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« Reply #23 on: June 20, 2008, 22:41:57 PM »
You are correct Heinie, I can also not see it. Wayne did you re sise your pics on the photobucket. somtimes it affect the pics
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« Reply #24 on: June 20, 2008, 22:56:07 PM »
The same happens when you rotate the photo in Photobucket

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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2008, 12:50:06 PM »
Hi. New here. Saw this topic on the bird netting and wanted to ask for advice and suggestions of companies to buy bird netting (rather than shade netting). We live in Gauteng.

The other question was whether bird netting or shade netting is better above fruit trees and a vegetable patch. I'm thinking of insects, birds and hail damage here.
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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #26 on: July 09, 2012, 10:00:50 AM »
I know this topic is really old, but just in case anyone is still trying to find effective ways to protect your fruit and veggies from the pesky mousebirds, I have found that using old cds (shiny-side up) stuck on some sticks works. The reflections from the sun scare the birds away without having to put a net down. Rubber snakes and fake cats also work wonders. Of course real cats also work fantastically, if only they spent all day guarding my tomato bushes though.
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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #27 on: July 09, 2012, 10:46:27 AM »
I am going to try this with my tomatoes! Till now I have been growing tomatoes exclusively for the birds he he . Now it is my turn! Thanks for the advice!

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« Reply #28 on: July 09, 2012, 12:31:32 PM »
 :woohoo: Luc

Thanks for the CD's tip - a vast improvement on shooting the poor little birdies especially cute ones  like the  Mousebird  :clap:
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Re: Keeping birds at bay
« Reply #29 on: July 09, 2012, 17:19:18 PM »
Oops, I don't think I'll be very popular if I try that tip - the racing pigeons' built-in radars might go haywire when they near the CDs......
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