[NAFEX] Chipmonks in blueberries
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>
>> 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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