[NAFEX] Chipmonks in blueberries

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Wed May 20 18:43:45 EDT 2009

mIEKAL, I have birds harvesting my blueberries, too.  I have fence- 
posts about 2.5' tall around my half-high blueberries.  I have 2' of  
chicken wire to keep out the bunnies.  I reinforce the bottom foot of  
that with hardware cloth.  When the berries are near ripe I drape bird  
netting over the top, so it overlaps the hardware cloth.

I used to drape the bird netting to the ground, but critters (mostly  
chipmunks and juncos) tried to get in underneath, and snared  
themselves in the netting, and removing the rotting little bodies was  
very unpleasant.  The foot of hardware cloth has eliminated that  


On May 20, 2009, at 3:32 PM, mIEKAL aND wrote:

> Alan, I'm just about to build a similar enclosure here for my
> blueberries...  Is it really necessary to have a chicken wire ceiling?
> So far only the rabbits have been damaging the spring buds...  Is
> yours setup so you can stand up inside of it?
> what people will do for a little bit of fruit...
> On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 2:26 PM, Alan Haigh <alandhaigh at gmail.com>  
> wrote:
>> When I built my chicken wire blueberry house I foolishly failed to  
>> bury it
>> deep enough to keep the chipmonks out.  Instead of correcting this  
>> I end up
>> trapping the striped rats in rat traps baited with raisons and nuts.
>> They're pretty easy to control that way and the chicken wire keeps  
>> out the
>> birds so I'm not unintentionally killing any of them.
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