Answer: Unfortunately, your local growing season is on the short side for figs. If you grew the fig in a container you might be able to extend the season a bit by taking it outside on mild days and bringing it indoors at night to protect it from the cold, but this may not be practical.
If netting is not working (it should be installed to the ground so they can't get in under it), you could try enclosing it in a wire mesh cage to keep the birds out with the mesh held out from the tree so they can't peck the fruit by reaching through the mesh. Or, you might experiment with the monofilament technigue explained at the following web site.
Good luck with your fig crop this year!
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