- You will not get away with un-netted trees and birds don’t share. I moved here thinking that if I planted enough trees the birds can’t eat it all. They can and if there are not the birds, there are possums or bats. If you area doesn’t have a lot of parrots, don’t worry they will move in. Citrus are the only fruit which is not eaten so far, but how long?
- Netting single trees is a nightmare. Even if you have the expensive tailored nets. Nets touching the branches don’t help, because the birds hop up and down until they get to the fruit.
- Birds don’t stop at fruit they love berries and adore nuts.
- Colour doesn’t help either, they eat yellow plums and green kiwi and black berries. It is only a matter of time until they find out.
- What you need is a fully netted orchard, so keep all your fruit trees together.
- Plan generously and leave space for future additions. Don’t forget the nuts, kiwis, brambleberries and blueberries.
- Plastic netting does last only some years, but some people say that trees don’t like metal netting overhead (I can tell you that in a year or two, since our enclosure is new).
- The easiest way is to build the whole enclosure like a fence: posts, stays, wires and clipped-on netting. In case you didn’t see out new enclosure it’s here:
- The easiest way is to build the whole enclosure like a fence: posts, stays, wires and clipped-on netting. In case you didn’t see our new enclosure it’s here:
- Once you’ve build all these fences you will have a pretty fox proof poultry enclosure. Your trees will grow better with all that extra fertilizer. Only make sure that the bottom wire is dug firmly into the ground.
- In case you live in a snow prone area, tilt the upper netting a fair bit and don’t use the very fine chicken mesh, otherwise the whole structure will break.
Visit out new enclosure and ask questions on how to build it at: The Blue Mountains Edible Garden Festival and Trail!
Read more about our new enclosure: Orchard + Chicken