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QUESTION: Help! Birds are eating my tomatoes

comments (11) June 28th, 2011

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I have several tomato plants and as soon as one of the tomatoes get red and ripe almost ready to pick something comes along and takes bites out of it. I am pretty sure it is birds because it happens all day long. I will have a great looking tomato almost ready to pick in the morning then go out in the afternoon and it will have bite marks on it. How can I stop them? What kind of birds eat tomatoes?



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Comments (11)

tomatonater writes: I found a safe and easy way to protect your tomatoes pick white paper towel Wet it around the ripening tomato. Then once it dries and it turns white again they can't see it. Use enough to make sure wind will not blow it off tomato or it will be visible to those pesky mocking birds.

Posted: 2:29 pm on March 12th
hitips2 writes: GO TO YOUR HOME ANDGARDEN STORE GET SOME BIRD NETTING AND COVER YOUR TOMATO PLANTS
Posted: 11:08 am on July 21st
naturegirl_2 writes: I've heard of hanging red christmas bulbs on your tomato plants,they don't like the sparkle and it confuses the bird. I think I would try rubbing a little ripe tomato juice on a few of the bulbs as well.
Posted: 8:40 am on July 20th
Tomoko writes: Yourownvictorygarden: You cages are very impressive. I am actually even more impressed with your straw covered garden paths being so clean and weedless. How do you keep it weedless with vermuda grass growing around?

Posted: 10:06 am on July 15th
Veeta writes: I just pick them less ripe than I would like to--this works for tomatoes but not for the blackberries they are devouring!
Posted: 10:58 am on July 5th
yourownvictorygarden writes: Our lovely state bird, the mockingbird, is the arch nemesis for tomato-lovers in North Texas; and, by the looks of the bite marks, is probably what caused your damage. Here's the bad news... the ONLY thing that works (that I've seen) is a semi-permanent cover enclosing your tomato plants. You can see what I did here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hvgarden/5728542075/in/photostream

It was a lot of work and wasn't cheap, but the tomatoes are certainly worth it.
Posted: 5:19 pm on July 4th
Zone8A writes: I took fishing line and tied several unwanted CDs together and hang them around the garden. They catch the slightest breeze and spin around. The sun catches the reflective side an cast prisms of colored spots on the ground and plants (Imagine a daytime disco, if you will). I haven't had the first problem with birds, squirrels or other rodents.
Posted: 6:43 am on July 2nd
texasbranguslady writes: I went to the Dollar store and got several colorful whirl-a-gigs and that seems to help keep the mockingbird away. Tied them right to my cages for the tomatoes. My neighbor got three large ones - they are about $3 apiece and now nothing bothers our gardens except this Texas heat!
Posted: 3:20 pm on June 30th
Ruth writes: fairwxhog, the photo with this post was not taken by gina123. It's just a fairly generic photo of tomato damage. I've had birds peck at my tomatoes, too, especially in droughts. Usually I just cut out the damaged portion and used the rest.
Posted: 1:22 pm on June 30th
fairwxhog writes: That looks more like what a squirrel, or a terrapin will do to a tomato. Mockinbirds are the worst at destroying a good, ripe 'mater
Posted: 1:09 pm on June 30th
AmberM writes: We had the same problem, VERY frustrating!! Here's a link to what we did which has worked wonderfully : ) It's not actually a link, so you'll have to copy and paste into your browser but it has a picture of the "bird cage" that we made out of pvc. It was super easy and cheap. Hope this helps : )

http://murphysfive.blogspot.com/2010/07/meet-robert-s-crow.html
Posted: 9:44 am on June 30th
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