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Tips for keeping birds away

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 1:22 am
by jkochuni
So I have a pesky robin that has uprooted several of my plants. Any suggestion to keep them away? I would like to refrain from chicken wire. I have tried streamers and a fake owl. The darn things just hops right by them. If I wasn’t such an animal lover, I would just shoot the darn thing.

Re: Tips for keeping birds away

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 1:38 am
by Artchic528
Short of chickenwire, or a milk crate, I don't know of any other way.

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Re: Tips for keeping birds away

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 1:58 am
by jkochuni
I wonder if bird repellent would be bad for carnivorous plants if it is all natural.

Re: Tips for keeping birds away

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 2:27 am
by Fieldofscreams
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Re: Tips for keeping birds away

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 2:46 am
by jkochuni
Has anyone tried a homemade repellent like garlic oil spray? Would that be harmful to CPs?

Re: Tips for keeping birds away

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 4:16 am
by twitcher
Omelets made from blue eggs work if consistently applied over time.

Seriously, robins are the worst. Just rats with wings. They do millions of dollars of damage to the small fruit industry, as well as back yard gardeners. They are vicious and relentless. If it were legal to kill them, I would devote some serious time to the practice. Alas that is not legal.

Get a cat, better yet more than one cat for the outdoors.

Re: Tips for keeping birds away

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 9:03 am
by toiletshorts
At home we would hang unused CD's from string and dangle them from trees nearby plants you'd want to protect. The reflection and sparkly discs will either deter or distract the birds.

But this robin sounds smarter than that, so i have doubts this will work :/

i'm all for the cat idea ;) circle of life!

Re: Tips for keeping birds away

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 10:50 am
by Fieldofscreams
Weird, I have a ton of Robin's and they have never bothered my plants.

Re: Tips for keeping birds away

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 11:39 am
by jkochuni
I’m going to try sticking plastic forks in the pots.

Re: Tips for keeping birds away

PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 2:52 am
by jkochuni
Shish kabob sticks inserted in the pots kept the robin away today. Hopefully that works. Tomorrow I’m going to put reflective tape on plant labels in my pots. I don’t appreciate the shish kabob look.

Re: Tips for keeping birds away

PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 2:58 am
by Shadowtski
I have some plants that are almost irreplaceable.

I don't take chances with birds, squirrels, or critters of any kind.

Here's my outdoor grow setup with front screening pulled aside.

Bugs have no problem entering but very few exit.

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Outdoor grow rack with anti-critter screening.
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Re: Tips for keeping birds away

PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 10:12 pm
by Big-Jack
twitcher wrote:Omelets made from blue eggs work if consistently applied over time.

Seriously, robins are the worst. Just rats with wings. They do millions of dollars of damage to the small fruit industry, as well as back yard gardeners. They are vicious and relentless. If it were legal to kill them, I would devote some serious time to the practice. Alas that is not legal.

Get a cat, better yet more than one cat for the outdoors.


Some orchards use propane cannons that fire off a loud blast every few minutes to scare off birds and other wildlife. If the OP doesn't live in a residential area it may be a worthwhile investment.

Re: Tips for keeping birds away

PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 6:12 am
by sbrooks
The car dealer we get our car serviced at plays predator bird squawks over loud speakers in the parking lot to scare away the "poopers".

Turns out you can purchase CDs or various devices of these sounds...

https://www.amazon.com/Birds-Prey-Rapto ... B007I9NKAI

https://www.amazon.com/BirdBusters-Dist ... B07CJYJ9TF

https://www.sagefinds.com/itemdy00.aspx ... XVEALw_wcB

May be a bit more practical than propane cannons, IMHO. :ugeek: