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Old 10-11-2008, 08:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a small farmer in Holualoa, HI and am pleased to have found your group via a google search.
I grow several different types of bananas as well as other tropical and sub-tropical fruits. I have a small problem regarding my bananas. It seems that several weeks prior to the ripening of the fruit the local pheasants like to fly into the trees and eat the fruit. How have any of you solved this type problem? Have you bagged your fruit and with what?
I look forward to hearing from fellow members and to becoming a contributing member of your organization.
Mahalo nui loa for you assistance.
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have heard that a small application of lead delivered by a 12 gauge shotgun is a permanent solution to your problem..
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:10 AM   #3 (permalink)

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E komo mai! Im a student at UHM studying bananas and tropical agriculture in general.

Do you currently bag your bunches? If not, then it may be all that is necessary to prevent the birds from getting them. You could probably just use some thick clear trash bags, cut the bottoms off so its like a sleeve, slip it over the bunch and tie them off around the top leaving the bottom open a little past the end of the bunch.
Growing bananas in Colorado, Washington, Hawaii since 2004. Commercial banana farmer, 200+ varieties.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:21 AM   #4 (permalink)

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Welcome aboard, aloha!

Perhaps faux owls or other faux predatory birds perched high on masts would help as well.
Apologies in advance if I am slow to reply to your PM. I suggest posting in the forums for support if you need something urgent.
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Old 10-12-2008, 10:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 10-12-2008, 11:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 10-12-2008, 04:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've seen bags on fruit, a few times. The ones I have seen were always a translucent blue. When I asked why, I was told it was to prevent the leaves fron scaring the fruit, in the wind.

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Old 10-12-2008, 06:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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