Blackbirds in sweet corn

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  1. randy grider

    randy grider 12 pointer

    Mar 15, 2006
    Burgin, KY
    Any good ideas on how to keep them out?
  2. Mepperson

    Mepperson 12 pointer

    Apr 7, 2005
    Murray, KY
    My granparents used to tie pie pans up out in the field and it seemed to work. My FIL strings up lines across the tops of the corn and he says it keeps them out, not sure why but he says it works.
  3. Art

    Art 12 pointer

    Nov 27, 2004
    Lexington, KY
  4. grillzilla

    grillzilla 6 pointer

    Mar 6, 2009
    next to my grill

    Try a 12 gauge and warm up for dove season.
  5. +1 on this one.

    Pie pans work well too.
  6. Sarge

    Sarge 6 pointer

    Dec 30, 2007
    Laurel/Clay County
    We put red disposable cups on the top of each ear,depending on the size of the field this could work.

    EKY.MTN.HUNTER 12 pointer

    Jul 19, 2006
    Bell County, KY.
    I've been to two different hotels that had strings strung about 12 feet above the pool area to keep birds away and it definatly worked. Im sure it would work for your garden as well. good luck.
  8. chris149

    chris149 12 pointer

    Jun 17, 2009
    my dad puts ties paper bags over the ears of corn it work and cheap
  9. Colorado_Hunter

    Colorado_Hunter 10 pointer

    Nov 30, 2007
    Radcliff, Kentucky
    The Propane cannon works for awhile, then the critters get used to it. We used them back on the farm in Colorado to scare yotes and magpies away.

    In only a matter of a few weeks the critters were back to their old tricks.

    For the yotes the best thing that worked was injecting them with high speed lead poisoning.

    The magpies we built a wire cage with slits in the top, they would fly in and then couldn't get out, after that it was high speed lead poisoning for them.
  10. randy grider

    randy grider 12 pointer

    Mar 15, 2006
    Burgin, KY
    Wel I have an acre,er, used to have an acre, the birds,coons,groundhogs,deer have gotten more than me. Next year I may tie into a nearby elec. fence for all the 4 legged critters, and yeah, the 12 ga sounds like good practice, and fun, may go do that now.
  11. barney

    barney 12 pointer

    Oct 11, 2005
    I started to type when I first saw this, but figured it would be useless, there ain't much that can be done for birds in the sweet corn. I have shot at them on one end of the field.......only to have them go to the other, and start eating again. Two shooters can keep them out untill...they run out of ammo.

    The best defence I have found so far is, sweet corn bred with a bird resistant package. Some of the newer varieties have a longer, tighter, shuck above the tip of the ear, bred to keep birds out! That helps alot, but you will still find ear tips that are shredded.......but seldom damage to the corn. Live traps work very well for coons.
  12. randy grider

    randy grider 12 pointer

    Mar 15, 2006
    Burgin, KY
    Pretty late to do much of anything for this year, I put up a bunch saturday, probably more than we need, sold some, and still alot more to pick, I have noticed the peaches and cream is all gone, they hit it first, now they are starting good on the silver queen. That just proves to me the p+c is best !
    Got 5 blackbirds with the 20 ga tonight, only 50,000 more to "train".
    This sounds like an expensive, education program, but fun.
    Next year I may try some scarecrows and pie pans, but doubt I can string enough pie pans for an acre.
    Thanks guys.

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