Birds On Marijuana Plants

November 18, 2019

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.

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

Signs of birds on cannabisplants

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.

Not sure if birds are causing the damage to your marijuana plants? Check the article Marijuana pest and bug control for a list with pictures of all pests and bugs

How to get rid of birds

Get rid of birds on weed plants

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.

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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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The founder of I Love Growing Marijuana, Robert Bergman, is a marijuana growing expert that enjoys sharing his knowledge with the world. He combines years of experience, ranging from small-scale grows to massive operations, with a passion for growing. His articles include tutorials on growing... [read more]


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  1. By Joey ,15 Mar 2013
    I knew that rabbits and deer like to eat cannabis plants, but I had no idea that humming birds love them too!
  2. By stanley burton ,05 Jun 2014
    I just want to thank Robert myself for the fast shipment thanks bro!!!!!!!
  3. By Marijuana Pests & Bugs – Control And Identification ,10 Jul 2015
    […] There are a number of tried-and-true methods for helping to prevent birds from eating all of your seeds after you plant them. You can use scarecrows or netting. Another method is to litter the area around your plants with […]Read More
  4. By Symptom Checker – Identify Marijuana Plant Problems ,24 Jul 2015
    […] Birds […]
  5. By Bill Page ,09 Aug 2016
    I had to laugh at the pictures of humming birds dipping into buds. I have feeders here. No plants thou. I laugh because I imagine there long dipper getting coated with resins and being stuckey. they are not bug eaters. […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM ,09 Aug 2016
      They probably get some of the resin incl. THC through this diet. And we all know where that leads :D
  6. By NuggyNic ,17 Sep 2016
    I've had birds almost kill one of my monsters. From the time it was a teen I always found likes of leaves in the dirt. Unsure what it was I put sticky traps all around the stock. The next day […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM ,19 Sep 2016
      Hitchcock would have been proud.. Glad you could save your plant!
  7. By Kate ,03 Apr 2017
    I was wondering if there are any small animals that would benefit cannabis plants by eating small insects or just to keep good scatching of the soil and it's droppings for natural fertilizer. Do these animals exist please?
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,03 Apr 2017
      Kate, You always want to maintain control over the environment as much as possible. It is probably not a good idea to plan on allowing wild animals or pets to produce a=manure for you.
  8. By Kenny ,14 Jul 2017
    Hi! Did you take the hummingbird picture on your homepage?
  9. By Daniel Krimmling ,22 Aug 2017
    Hello ,im from Germany/Berlin a friend of the Micha and i want to offer an Sozial unprofit emergencyside for People who are direct in front of an confrontation with Cannabis discrimination and need direkt medial help from Journalists to puplic […]Read More
  10. By Lindsey Wah ,12 May 2018
    Will Peacocks eat my Marujuana plants. I got a wild one living in my backyard. Someone please help me.
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,15 May 2018
      Lindsey Wah, I suggest you take precautions, such as "chicken wire"; It is a good idea to protect your plants whenever you have a doubt as to there safety.

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