I've been tryting to grow mulberries, strawberries, apricots, plums, figs etc. for a number of years. Sadly, due to blackbirds, I'm lucky to be able to harvest 10% of anything.
Can anyone tell me how to keep them away short of killing them, which I won't do?
@Oldfart here are a few items from Bunnings and eBay that might help. I haven't tried them but it's worth a go. I hope they work for you.
Going back 5-6 decades Mum & Dad strung used, midsized aluminium foil pastry trays in the fruit trees. A bit of a good feel recycling hack, they clattered & reflected light, & I think they worked. Might be worth having a "Bring your own Pastry Party" at your place, or go solo, & gorge 3 dozen pastries yourself.
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Old video tapes do the trick if you want tape, they're not much good for anything else these days.
If you haven't got any most opp shops have heaps that they want to get rid of.
Tie it onto some sort of frame as tight as you can without it breaking, it's amazing the noise it makes when the wind blows.
For my vege garden I used two gazebo frames (obtained very cheaply at the local Tip Shop) and put bird netting over them and you can hold it down with weights or screws so that I can lift it up if needed (I used screws as I have wooden edging).
The black netting is better because you can see what's growing in your garden.
Watering can be done without having to lift the netting.
Another similar way is to use the thicker polypipe or the thicker irrigation hose for the framework, which can be obtained from farm suppliers.
Bend it into an igloo shape high enough to allow access and throw the netting over the top and peg down and then no more bird taking your prized crops.
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@bergs, your bird netting ideas get my vote, dare I say, the perfect solution. It stops birds from spoiling the fruit, but it doesn't scare every bird away from the property.
@bergs, thanks for bring up about the bees, they're vital to our very existence in the pollination process.
Thanks also for sticking up for Blackbirds, they do make a mess while foraging in the garden, which displeases my wife, but they're also nature's gift for feasting on lawn beetles. They're also glorious birds of song, which brings us both much pleasure.