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Help! Crows feasting on my apples

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 12:53

Oh jatnikapyar, what a shame!  

fidgetbones, I had the same idea, and there are now 4 CDs swinging in the tree.  We'll see if that has any effect. 

Help! Crows feasting on my apples

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 16:34

I thought you were supposed to stone the crows, not shoot them!  ( not that I would do either) 

Fidgetbones, I picked and cut into two large rosyish apples and the pips were still white, not brown.  I thought pip colour was a good indication of ripeness.  And tasting a bit confirmed they were not ready.    They are a sweet eating apple, but I'm not sure which variety.

Help! Crows feasting on my apples

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 11:50

I have a small apple tree, but it is laden with lovely eating apples not quite ready to harvest.  Today I disturbed 2 enormous black birds calmly sitting in the tree and pecking at my apples, and about 5 or 6  fell to the ground when I chased the birds away.    Any ideas to prevent this happening?


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 21:57

Ooh, lots of food for thought there Zoomer - thank you!  Just the sort of info I needed.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 10:02

Peter, I could do all those things you suggested if I had more time!  But I was hoping for some quicker pointers!

Zoomer, thank you for providing me with a great one!    I didn't know about, but the site looks really promising.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 15:34

Hello DD - nice to know someone else has had the same problem as me!


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 15:30

Dove, for me the standard was ideal, as I have placed it in front of a gap above the boundary fence to provide screening from the neighbours' chidrens' play equipment.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 15:23

No nut, your advice is too valuable for that 


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 12:48

Yes Dove, it is.  Will remove suckers forthwith.  Do you know how long any cuttings take to grow, and would they need to be grafted to something else to get the lollipop shape?


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 12:33

Ha ha nut!  Yes it is - hadn't thought of that!

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