Tomatoes and pecked holes

hobbiestJuly 21, 2014

Has anyone else noticed pecked holes in their produce from birds in their gardens this year?

I had a good crop going until last week. I am not sure why they are doing this to my `maters.

:(

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Weicker(6a PA)

Maybe they're thirsty. Put some shallow bowls with water around the garden.

This post was edited by Weicker on Mon, Jul 21, 14 at 23:14

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 11:13PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

Good idea Weicker! Here in CA we're in a nasty drought and, now that the tomatoes are coming in, I'll work on that!
I do have a pond and a birdbath, but I think I'll put some other sources of water around! Nancy

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 1:04AM
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djkj(9b)

Yes they're after the maters for the water, keep a small bowl of water and this should avoid the pecks. I got to know this advice (amongst others) from the video link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tomato Growing Tips

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 5:14PM
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hobbiest

I had thought about the water issue. Have seen this very same thing happen in years past but it is usually later in the growing season. We have had a decent amount of rainfall as of late and a field nearby does have a pond in it.

I suspect mockingbirds but not sure. They are plentiful around the house.

Whatever bird that it may be, they are even hitting the green ones.

May try the bowl of water trick and see if it works. To be honest, hadn`t thought about that one.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 11:16PM
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hobbiest

Double post.

This post was edited by hobbiest on Tue, Jul 22, 14 at 23:19

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 11:17PM
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planatus(6)

I use polyester chicken netting to keep my chickens from pecking my tomatoes, so it would probably work for mockingbirds, too. It's lightweight and flexible, and it won't poke you like real chicken wire.

Here is a link that might be useful: plastic poultry netting

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 8:49AM
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potterhead2(z5b NY)

Totally agree about the mockingbirds looking for water by pecking the ripe tomatoes. I caught them at it one drought year.

Bowls of water nearby and some bird netting over the plants should save the rest of your tomatoes.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 8:01PM
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hobbiest

Have a couple of water bowls around the tomato end of the garden.

Haven`t seen any new pecked tomatoes yet.

I am hoping that it works.

Thanks folks for your suggestions and information.

:)

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 8:37PM
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scottsmith(9)

I hate mockingbirds. I have yet to find a good use for them.

Still looking.............

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 3:34AM
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