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    Hi all! I had a little problem recently with a chickadee pecking holes in a dendrobium cane. Thought I solved that problem. I found two more plants that have been damaged by birds! Anyone else ever have this problem? Any ideas of how to deter the little things without enclosing the plants?
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    thank God i dont encounter that species here....never had a bird problem....sorry....never knew those cute lil birds did damage

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    This is a tough one, I've had birds attacking my plums and tomatoes, dens is a new one on me. I can tell you what I did with the fruit trees; I made some plastic strips, I used plastic bags, but old shower curtains or an old tarp would work, then tie one end to the branches. I've even tried to use the blade of a busted fan on the end of a stick taller than the tomatoes with the strips tied on through holes in the blade I made. I wanted it to rotate like normal but I couldn't figure out that bit of mechanics at the time, (I was young). The strips flapping and snapping in the wind seemed to scare em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    Hi all! I had a little problem recently with a chickadee pecking holes in a dendrobium cane. Thought I solved that problem. I found two more plants that have been damaged by birds! Anyone else ever have this problem? Any ideas of how to deter the little things without enclosing the plants?
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    Hi Jason
    I have had a problem with "yellow breasts" eating the buds on dens. and Catts. I got some not so popular CDs that I did not want and I strung them up, individually, above the plants throughout the shade house. The movement of the shiney side seems to scare them away.
    Hope this will help you.

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    Thanks for the responses! Angela, I've got lots of unwanted discs so I'll give it a try. Hopefully, my hummingbirds won't be too put off by them. They most likely won't be as they seem to be unafraid of anything at all!
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    how to scare aware bees from pollinating Oncidiums????? lololol

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    I've had some problems with bulbuls pecking away at the buds. I agree with Angela about using CDs.

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    I heard the CD thing works GREAT!
    .....on hummingbirds: I have had them all over a couple of huge bushes of Hamelia patens 'Lutea' that are outside my kitchen sliders. The hummers love it. I decided to move the hummer feeders over on to that patio. It took them several days to accept the feeders and feel confident enough to come back the fire bushes.

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    Keep a cat hehe !

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    Cat would certainly help, they also make those plastic owls that are supposed to scare birds away.

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