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Old 05-17-2020, 07:22 AM
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We have two potted fruit trees (lemon and lime) on our pool deck. The trees are very productive. Grackles like to peck and ruin the fruit. It appears they don't eat it just peck.

They are incredibly unafraid. You have to get within 10 feet of them yelling like a banshee to get them to fly off. And then they go about 20 feet away and wait.

Spraying with hose works but I don't want to sit outside all day.

Not a place where I can shoot them as there is not a good backstop aside from neighbors houses across canal.

We tried netting but the figured out how to get underneath or find holes. We also ran mono around trees and they just used it as a perch.

Is there some kind of deterrent or stinky stuff to keep them off the fruit?
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Metal pie plates hanging on a string is an attractive look.

Yelling @07:30 on a Sunday, ”Get off my trees” while in your pajamas is a close second....
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I have ducks that want to be in my pool. The only thing I've found that works is motion sensing sprinklers. That might also work for your trees.
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Originally Posted by aubv View Post
Metal pie plates hanging on a string is an attractive look.

Yelling @07:30 on a Sunday, ”Get off my trees” while in your pajamas is a close second....
it was 7 am
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Hang CDs instead of metal plates- more shine. Put a rubber snake in the trees and move it around once in a while or perch an owl decoy (used by crow hunters) in the top of one of the trees.
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hang a bunch of strands of mono around the trees with fish hooks tied on.
when you hook one just leave it hanging there flapping
that should drive them away or bring more to get hooked
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So that's who woke me up at 7am.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
I have ducks that want to be in my pool. The only thing I've found that works is motion sensing sprinklers. That might also work for your trees.
and it will water the trees and lawn too
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Make it fun...


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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
hang a bunch of strands of mono around the trees with fish hooks tied on.
when you hook one just leave it hanging there flapping
that should drive them away or bring more to get hooked
You can do something similar with the old-fashioned mouse traps. Drive a post in the ground near the trees and nail a mouse trap to the top. We used to do this in our blueberry patch on the farm. Some dumb bird will land on it and...instant grackle distress call. Just plan on being despised by your local bird lovers.
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I had problems with seagulls sitting on my boat and the only thing that worked and it worked great was to string mono on the boat that they would get tangled in when they came in to land. The mono needed to be almost invisible or they would easily avoid it. I used 6 lb test. Today I'd try a 10 lb test braided line. I think the reason it worked was because the bird would either fly into it or would see it in its way just as it was landing. I have actually watched one come in for a landing and at the last second only a few feet away sort of freak out and flap away. Again I must emphasize it didn't work when I started out with 20 lb test, you need to use really thin stuff that they can't see from a distance.

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I had a real problem with grackles and pigeons at a 2.5 ac shopping center.
The bird distress sound from devices like these worked immediately to eliminate all the birds: https://birdbarrier.com/audio-deterrents.html
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People put citrus in pots?
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Bottle rocket or throw a firecracker at them.
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A pellet gun from the second story window Would give you a good downward angle. Don’t let the, connect the house, you, or window to their shot, otherwise they’ll learn to watch for you or the window opening.

google grackle depredation order and see if it applies in your state or your specific species of grackle
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Originally Posted by wdlfbio View Post
A pellet gun from the second story window Would give you a good downward angle. Don’t let the, connect the house, you, or window to their shot, otherwise they’ll learn to watch for you or the window opening.

google grackle depredation order and see if it applies in your state or your specific species of grackle
Single family. Thanks for the idea about depredation though. Looks like they are OK to shoot. I need to work on an angle maybe from my boat with the lift up.
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Originally Posted by SHE GONE View Post
People put citrus in pots?
Yep, half wine barrels work well

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Shoot one with a BB gun and hang it from the tree.
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What about a salt shooter gun?

Would one of those act as a deterrent?

https://www.bugasalt.com/






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Works

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