FIELD TRIAL SUMMARY:
Fly Away Birdies
humming line for bird control
To date, most efforts have proven less than successful. These methods range from inexpensive, fake, snakes and owls to reflective spinners and tapes. Also, sonic booms from co2 and LP gas machines have done very little to deter birds, but have greatly disturbed the neighbors.
Even more buckets of money have been spent on netting of various types. Some are loose fitting nets draped over the crops. Here, wind movement can cause netting movement which allows birds access as the nets blow in the wind. Also, repeated netting removal for harvest is necessary as most crops must be harvested several times during the season.
REMEDY: A new product has been developed by Fly Away Birdies that shows great promise for bird control. This product is a specially developed Fly Away Birdies vibrating line that produces a harmonic resonance when even the slightest breeze passes over its surface. Changes in the wind velocity causes the sound produced to change from high to low tones. The vibrations can be heard up to several hundred feet away.
TRIAL PROTOCOL: in June 2013 one acre of two year old blackberries was trialed. The berries were grown on a "Trellis Growing Systems" rotating cross arm system. The trial was set out on ten, 400' rows, set on 12' centers. The Fly Away Birdies Humming Line was installed atop the trellis arms attached to 36" X 1/2" bamboo stakes, 30' apart, and 24 " above the tallest vegetation.
Installation was in mid June 2013 and remained in place until harvest was completed in early September.
In 2013, there was no visible damage to any of the four Arkansas blackberry varieties in the trial.
In the 2014 season, one line was installed early in the season over the Natchez variety, as they ripen first. Due to weather conditions the balance of the field ripened before the remainder of the Fly Away Birdies Humming Line installation could be completed.