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The birds in my garden, although fed daily with birdfood, LOVE pulling up my sweetpeas and eating or just leaving them. I thought the morning glories were going to make it, but they are all gone now.

If I replant, is there anything I can try to discourage the birds? We built a chicken wire cover, but they got under it.

Should I get some hay somewhere and pile it over the seeds?

i was going to say chicken wire!!
clever birds hey,
why dont you start them in pots or trays and transplant them later.
you could sart them indoors and plant out.

I know exactly what you’re going through because I’ve been there and done that! It’s frustrating to say the least. I’ve had to deal with not only birds, but squirels, chipmunks, and rabbits too. The only solution I’ve found that really works is to start everything inside. One rabbit family wiped out my whole vegetable garden one year. I know it’s not the answer you’re looking for but it’s the only thing that worked for me!

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HI Lori they make a few things that you can just hang up to scare birds away there like a mylar balloon with eyes on them
BUT I would try a few pie tins and paint eyes on them first.place them on a pole or a stick where you have planted your seeds this should do the trick.your friend in gardening.Mike57

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here is the method I use.. I take old sheer curtains and lay them over the plants till they are large enough to go on their own..
They love my strawberrys too.. I do the same for that.. I put rocks on the curtains to hold down the ends . or boards.

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Hey Dodge, that’s a great idea for keeping the birds from getting the seeds, but it won’t keep the my squirrels and rabbits from destroying all my plants. They are a bigger problem for me than the birds.

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Be VERY careful if anyone uses that black bird netting. I’ve seen dead birds stuck in that. They poke their heads in and get strangled
Floating row covers are good, similar idea to sheer curtains, it lets in light and moisture but keeps tweety off. Its commonly used on strawberry patches.
You can also save those junk mail CD’s & hang them from fishing line. the reflection & movement keep birds away.

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CD’s hung around the area has worked for me.

I had crows pulling up every seedling they could get to until I did that. Once I hung the cd’s around I never had another wild animal in my garden!

It also works for deer!

Debra. I don’t use chemical pesticides, but there are plenty of natural ones. Insecticidal soap, botanical pyrethrin, Neem are a few. Neem is a bit pricy, but very effective. Insecticidal soap works well and costs a little less.

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From The Garden Forum: The birds in my garden, although fed daily with birdfood, LOVE pulling up my sweetpeas and eating or just leaving them. I thought the morning glories were going to make it, but they are all gone now.

How to Keep Birds off Your Seedlings

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This article was co-authored by Maggie Moran. Maggie Moran is a Professional Gardener in Pennsylvania.

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Birds have a tendency to eat tiny plants that are just starting to grow. If you’re trying to grow vegetables, this can be a major problem – your entire crop could be gone before you’ve even started. Lucky for you, there are several ways to keep the birds at bay and save your seedlings.

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  1. ↑https://www.almanac.com/content/how-keep-birds-out-garden
  2. ↑http://www.hortmag.com/weekly-tips/tools-materials/protect-vegetable-seedlings-from-birds
  3. ↑https://www.almanac.com/content/how-keep-birds-out-garden
  4. ↑https://morningchores.com/how-to-make-a-scarecrow/
  5. ↑http://www.hortmag.com/weekly-tips/tools-materials/protect-vegetable-seedlings-from-birds
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  8. ↑http://www.diynatural.com/how-to-keep-birds-out-of-garden/
  9. ↑http://www.enkivillage.com/how-to-keep-birds-away.html
  1. ↑http://listverse.com/2010/04/21/top-10-formidable-birds-of-prey/
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You can keep birds off of your seedlings by putting up barriers and scaring them away. To use a barrier, try building a tunnel around your seedlings with netting. Use bamboo poles or tall stakes to create a framework around the plants, then drape the netting over them and anchor it the ground with a bent wire. You could also cut off the bottom of a clean, clear soda bottle and place it over the seedling to keep it out of the reach of birds. To scare the birds off, build a scarecrow by tying 2 sticks together to create a cross, and then dressing it in old clothes. Stuff the scarecrow with hay or straw to give it a more human-like shape. Another way to scare the birds off is to blow up balloons, draw a scary face on them, and then tie them to posts around your garden with ribbon or tape. For more tips from our Gardener co-author, like how to keep birds off your seedlings using sound, keep reading!

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How to Keep Birds off Your Seedlings. Birds have a tendency to eat tiny plants that are just starting to grow. If you're trying to grow vegetables, this can be a major problem – your entire crop could be gone before you've even started….