Bird control

Bird Control

One of the big issues we have struggled with over the years is how to keep those hungry birds from getting at our cherries before we do.  Since we are one of the only orchards in our area we seem to get more bird pressure than if we were surrounded by other fine dining establishments.  Magpies, starlings, robins, crows, waxwings... the list goes on.  We've hung shiny holographic tape from each tree which freaks them out visually, but only for a little while.  We've used an expensive audio system that plays random distressed bird sounds (guaranteed to work) that makes them just a wee bit nervous, but doesn't seem to dampen their appetites.  We've built starling traps.  We've even waved our arms and danced about wildly.  Finally we came up with this bird net system and we've stuck with it ever since.   It's an expensive system that takes a fair amount of time each year to install and remove, but for us it's been well worth it.

The Bird Net Applicator in Action Conner driving the tractor and Tom handling the net.

The Bird Net Applicator in Action Conner driving the tractor and Tom handling the net.

 

Devin and Conner transporting the net. The bag that Devin is sitting on holds enough net to cover a 600 foot row of trees

Day is done and the cherries are safe.

Day is done and the cherries are tucked in for the night.

Video of the bird net applicator in action

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Resting after a long day's work.

The rig after finishing a row with a wee bit too much net left over. We'll lay that down in a pile at the end of this row and then use a new bag on the next...

A beautiful weld by Marty Lamb - Murt Werks

All fixed up after 9 years hard work.  Spiffed up, straightened and new side rails Marty Lamb (Murt Werks Fabrication)

A beautiful weld by Marty Lamb - Murt Werks

A beautiful weld by Marty Lamb - Murt Werks

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