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Dang crows! I hope they choke!

Posted by wertach 7b SC (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 1, 12 at 14:59

My Fava beans are sprouting and a few were peaking through the dirt yesterday. When I got home from work today the crows were having a feast. GGGGGRRRRRR!

They seemed to be taunting me, standing there with beans as big as their head in their mouths. I nailed 4 with my shotgun (3 in the air) before the rest got away. I probably would have gotten more but I only had 4 shells.

It may seem gruesome to some but I have 4 crows hanging on poles to hopefully scare the others away.

The deer are next................... HEE HEE!


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RE: Dang crows! I hope they choke!

Maybe cover up the rows with a light mulch? If they can't see the sprouts from the trees they'll be less likely to go after them, IME.

They sure can do a lot of damage. Sounds like you need a scarecrow, maybe one holding a shotgun, aye?


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Chicken wire tunnels aka pea guards work well. The problem I get is wood pigeons eating pea seedlings. Mice eat the favas but only the beans, not the shoots.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pea guard


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RE: Dang crows! I hope they choke!

"Sounds like you need a scarecrow, maybe one holding a shotgun, aye?" LOL

The real scare crows, dead hanging on the poles, seems to be working. But they smell pretty bad! LOL

I haven't saw a crow or any other bird in the garden after I hung them up!


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RE: Dang crows! I hope they choke!

i put shiny cd discs all around the plants, some swinging from twine and others lying on the ground shiny side up, around the plants. works everytime.


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I second using cd disks, works like a charm for me too, that is when I remember to do it :).

Annette


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Sadly, I haven't found CDs very effective against my pigeon predators. Only a physical barrier stops them. Even netting must be high and taut or they just sit on it, weighing it down until the plants poke through the holes!


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I've had success with camouflage. Birds just sit right next to the spinning, shining disks and peck away.
I just sprinkle anything green- grass, leaves, etc. down the row after planting, making the new sprouts less obvious. Repeat until sprouts are bigger and less tempting.


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RE: Dang crows! I hope they choke!

oldpea - I think you have something there. I tried using bolted kale plants laid over a row of pea seedlings last year. It was quite effective. And now I have a row of baby kale plants growing which I didn't need to sow.


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RE: Dang crows! I hope they choke!

The survivors are about 8" tall now. The crows got about 1/3 of them or I had some that didn't sprout. Enough to eat.


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