Strawberries and Birds

United States
April 25, 2008 9:47pm CST
My strawberries are fruiting now and the birds are watching. I can't afford those row covers or netting, but I think I have a solution and was wondering if it will work. I saved netting from those fruits and vegetable bags for crafts but maybe these will work if I can spread them out enough. What do you think? Also any ideas for garden stakes to stake them down that I don't have to buy? I don't have any nails laying around that I could use either.
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@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
26 Apr 08
You may have more of a problem than birds. Slugs will take a small bite about the size of a marble and leave the rest. The netting should work. Have you thought of the primitive method of holding things down? They are called rocks. You can use string to tie the netting together as well as to the rocks. You can try getting a cat. A rubber snake might work until the birds figure out that it doesn't move. They also make battery operated birds of prey they work the best. Coastal cities use them to keep the sea birds from nesting on the buildings.
• United States
27 Apr 08
Ahhh CoolSeeds sorry I forgot to mention that Oklahoma weather is quite hot and using rocks would only cook my berries, and the slugs would cook too...LOL. Fortunately there are no slugs here but when I lived in WA State there were slugs everywhere! We don't own a cat (allergies) but there is a farrow or farrel? cat that has been roaming around this neighbor since before I moved here. He doesn't seem to show much interest in the birds, however, I haven't seen a mouse around anywheres! Excellent suggestion on the battery operated birds of prey, do you think they have solar powered ones now?
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@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
1 May 08
Wow I bet they probably do have a solar powered one. Feral cats will only guard the strawberries if you attract them to it. But you could get an "outside" cat. You could even train a dog to annoy the birds away. Then you have another problem. How do you keep the dog from peeing on the fruits?
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
26 Apr 08
I don't know if those net bags from fruit would work but if I had enough of them I would sew them together and try it. I think I would get one of those rubber snakes from the Dollar Store to lay on top of the strawberries too Just inc case. I would try to rig it so it would wiggle at the slightest movement of the vines.
• United States
27 Apr 08
Sewing them together would be a good idea but who knows how long that would take me...LOL I forgot about the ol' snake trick, but I think birds here in Oklahoma would try it eat it! Thank You for your suggestions!
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@Hatley (157464)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Apr 08
I think the idea of using tree branches as stakes is great just be sure the branches are dry because I used some green branches once in my moms berry patch and lo and behold we had thirty baby trees coming up in the patch. also I am trying to think why the birds never seemed to bother my moms berry patch. thepatch was rimmed with fruit trees for one thing. BBut we never had a bird problem at all and we had all kindsof birds in the summer time. we also had a lot of squirrels in our trees Infact we rarely had any damage from birds to our fruit trees either.we did have a number of home made scarecrows all over the orchard and berry patch maybe they did work.
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@peavey (15856)
• United States
26 Apr 08
I think that's a great idea. Like others, I think it would work well if you stitched them together to make one large sheet. You can use sticks, old knitting needles, chopsticks, skewers... anything that's long and thin, to stake them. Use something sturdy in the center to hold the net up and off the strawberries. I have trouble with birds and strawberries, too, so I'm going to try this, too!
• United States
27 Apr 08
Thank you for the idea of using something sturdy in the center. What do you think would work best on a long row of strawberries in windy conditions?
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