Birds have their pros and cons when it comes to your marijuana garden. They do some good by gobbling up unwanted critters on your marijuana plants.
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These pests include worms, caterpillars, snails, and slugs (as well as many other harmful insects), which have the potential to chew up your precious plant. You can, therefore, see why birds might be useful to you as a marijuana grower.
On the other hand, birds like to eat something that is of the utmost important to any marijuana grower who is planning for the future: seeds. Believe it or not, some species of birds even prefer to hunt out marijuana seeds specifically.
More often than not these birds are game birds, including passenger pigeons, morning doves, bobwhite quails, ringtail pheasants, hemp linnets, magpies, starlings, and tree sparrows. You may also see English sparrows, nuthatches, lesser spotted woodpeckers and even turtledoves. All of these birds prefer to eat marijuana seeds over other seeds, making them a serious problem for you.
There are other species that should be included in the list as well, so if it’s not on the list mentioned above, that doesn’t mean it will ignore your precious marijuana seeds.
Signs of birds
If you aren’t fertilizing your plants for future seeds at all, then you definitely won’t have an issue. Birds are there for one of two reasons: to eat up your marijuana plants’ seeds, or to consume the harmful and unwanted critters that are crawling all over your valuable plants.
Don’t panic if you spot a bird near your marijuana plants – when you’re growing outdoors, the presence of birds in nearby locations just comes with the territory. If you actually see them eating the seeds from your plants, however, you know you have a problem on your hands.
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You also can keep an eye out for bird poop on or next to your plants. If there’s more than one, you can confidently assume that birds have been returning to your grow site.
How to get rid of birds
If you confidently can say you have a bird problem, it’s time to take action. Scarecrows might help, as will tying tin cans, aluminum pie plates, old CDs, and any other similar reflect objects to a string and hang them around and in the middle of your grow site. Birds greatly dislike reflective objects. If you have nowhere to hang them, try attaching them with hammer and nails to a few tall, wooden stakes, then put those all around your garden.
You can also physically inhibit birds from reaching your plants and their delicious seeds by laying netting over all of your plants. This has the added bonus of deterring other pests, as well.
If you really want to deter the birds’ interest from your plants’ delicious seeds you are going to need to set up a birdfeeder. It needs to be placed close enough to your plants to distract them, but far enough away that it won’t remind them of the other tasty treats in your marijuana garden.
List of marijuana plant symptoms
– Seed disappearance
– Presence of Birds
– Bird feces
Whichever method you decide to use to keep birds away from your marijuana seeds, never forget the security of your grow site. As helpful as hanging up tin cans and posting scarecrows all around your grow site might be, it isn’t exactly inconspicuous. Never forget your first priority when it comes to growing marijuana: your own safety and security.
Remember that plants with strong genetics have less change of getting sick and are less vulnerable for pests and diseases. So make sure you buy cannabis seeds from a trusted seed bank.
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