DarnVarmints forum: Birds in your hanging baskets

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Feb 15, 2010 6:44 AM CST
Name: Donna Mack
Elgin, IL
Spring is coming, and with it the various birds that decide that your hanging baskets make terrific nests - everything from geese to mourning doves to goldfinches. Then they freak out every morning when you try to water. Or you have the mysterious basket that doesn't look like the others because you don't water it.

I had the problem with mourning doves on my large hanging baskets. Scaring them away didn't work; they would return every morning and give me the hairy eyeball. So I took some sheets of aluminum foil and bunched them up until they were about the size of a baseball. Not only are they uncomfortable to sit on, but they're shiny. Your plants will not have any trouble growing around them, and they are light enough so that they won't crush your plants. I find that the birds will go elsewhere, even if you've had to scare them away repeatedly. Once nesting season is over, toss them.
Feb 16, 2010 5:31 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
OH, Donna! Where were you when I lived in a high rise? Even on the 13th floor, every year a family of doves would make a nest on my balcony railing boxes. They would pitch a fit even when I walked through the living room, as they could see me through the sliding glass door.

I sure could have used this tip about the aluminum foil balls back then.

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