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12/03/2014 at 10:09

My husband has created a couple of dove cotes along side my raised strawberry beds 

The doves spend a lot of time rummaging in the beds, which can easily be rectified, however what about all the droppings from above, are bird droppings on plants going to be a problem?

This will be the first full year for this situation.

12/03/2014 at 12:47

Not unless you get huge quantities of the stuff. Bird poo is an organic fertilizer and was extensively used years ago. Nowadays it's not used as much in europe or the west although it's still used in developing countries as a cheap fertilizer.

You should have good strawberries!

12/03/2014 at 13:57

It'll be quite rich in nitrogen though, so you might find you get lots of soft leafy growth at the expense of fruit. Something potash-rich like wood ash would help to rectify this.

12/03/2014 at 15:53

The only problem would be droppings on the strawberries.  Washing strawberries is bad news.

Lyn
12/03/2014 at 23:00

I would not eat anything that has had bird droppings on it, very bad for you. I put a plastic cloche over my strawberries last year.

12/03/2014 at 23:53

 I'd be a tad bit reluctant to eat strawberries which had had bird poo on them too.

Edd
13/03/2014 at 06:32

I bet you eat eggs and you know where they come from!

Lyn
13/03/2014 at 07:36

Fried or hard boiled strawberries just doesnt sound right some how.

Edd
13/03/2014 at 07:59

"hard boiled strawberries" That would be jam then. lol

13/03/2014 at 14:01

Do you really eat egg shells, Edd?  Are they an acquired taste?

Edd
13/03/2014 at 14:12

No but they are recommended (eggshell calcium) 

"Give yourself a calcium boost: Consuming calcium from eggshells can help you, too. In a 2003 study published in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Research, eggshell consumption helped stop bone loss in postmenopausal women. While you can consume pulverized eggshells for added calcium, remember that calcium amounts very greatly in shells, so there is no way to tell exactly how much calcium you are getting (but we know you are getting more than if you didn’t consume the shells at all). Be sure you bake the shells before consuming to prevent ingesting any bacteria if you haven’t washed the shell before eating the egg "

Mine goes in the vermi bin for the worms to help reproduction rates.

13/03/2014 at 16:01

Sounds like quackery to me!

13/03/2014 at 16:08

We regularly eat egg shells when someone makes scrambled egg...

 

Eventually they'll learn how to keep the shell out of the pan

13/03/2014 at 16:16

(I'd be a little wary of eating strawberries that could be bird pooped on - they bruise so easily when you try to wash them!)

Can you move the Doves or berries easily?

Lyn
13/03/2014 at 19:43

Or just put a cloche over! wonder if we will ever hear again from the OPer

13/03/2014 at 19:55

Edd my egg supplier is under strict instructions, no poo and if I get there before they're collected I get to pick my own 

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