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Apr 23, 2017 6:28 AM CST
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Name: JG
South Texas (Zone 9a)
I read that if you leave a bowl of water next to your tomato plants the birds will leave the tomatoes alone and just drink the water. Has anyone ever tried this? I have a motion sensor sprinkler to keep deer, bunnies, etc out of my garden but the birds are too small to set it off. I've put out grocery bags, aluminum pans, fake owls, windmills, everything! Nothing works. Any tips??
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Apr 23, 2017 6:34 AM CST

I haven't tried the bowl of water, but I have to wrap chicken wire around tomato cages until my plants are bigger. After that the birds don't bother them.
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Apr 23, 2017 8:07 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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I cut the bottom off a clear plastic bag and place that over the tomato cage.
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Apr 23, 2017 8:54 AM CST
Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Never had a bird ever bother my tomatoes.
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Apr 23, 2017 11:13 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: JG
South Texas (Zone 9a)
Lucky! We have a TON of birds.

I don't think I could find any clear plastic bags big enough for my tomato plants.
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Apr 23, 2017 11:29 AM CST
Name: Elena
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When I lived in the South the birds would peck the ripe tomatoes if we were having a drought. I'd try leaving a water source nearby. But if they have water or are after green tomatoes I don't think it will help. Good luck!
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Apr 23, 2017 11:37 AM CST
Name: Karen
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Bird netting was the only thing that worked to save my tomatoes from the birds.
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Apr 23, 2017 12:52 PM CST
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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I have never had a problem either. I do maintain bird baths in the general area. maybe a specific type of bird that likes tomatoes.
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Apr 23, 2017 1:41 PM CST
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Name: JG
South Texas (Zone 9a)
I could try bird netting! But first I'll put some bowls of water out and see if that works. Thanks y'all!

Btw they aren't picking at the green tomatoes. Just the red. We've been out every day picking the "almost red" ones lol.. just to get them before the birds. Then we let them ripe inside. But my 3 year old really enjoys eating them right off the plant.
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Apr 24, 2017 7:27 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
The thing with the owl. He never moves. Birds figure it out after awhile. You have to move owl every couple days. Then they work.
Take your owl inside for a couple days. Then put him out. And move him around garden. Every day if needed. I'll bet it does the trick Thumbs up
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Apr 24, 2017 8:06 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River Twp, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Like Durgan and Farmerdill, I've never had a problem, either -- and we have LOTS of birds around, many of which spend a lot of time digging around in the garden for bugs and worms. Does anyone know what kind of birds are actually going after the tomatoes?
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Apr 26, 2017 2:18 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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There are birds constantly in my garden and in my tomato plants looking for bugs I guess. They don't bother the tomatoes but I do have lots of watering sources around the garden for them.

The chipmunk does grab some fruit now and then.
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Apr 30, 2017 9:49 AM CST
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Name: JG
South Texas (Zone 9a)
Good to know. Thank y'all so much for the advice. I'll put more water sources out and I'll move around the owl! Crossing Fingers!
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May 1, 2017 8:26 AM CST
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Thirsty birds will go after tomatoes. Put a couple bird baths away from your tomato patch... I tip my hat to you.
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May 16, 2017 1:02 PM CST
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Name: JG
South Texas (Zone 9a)
Thank You!
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