When it comes to birds, there’s a really strange relationship shared with miss Mary Jane. At times, birds act as defenders, gobbling up the many pesky critters on your marijuana plants. On the other hand, they can wreak havoc on your future harvest by stealing your marijuana seeds. Here are a few things you should know about birds, and what you can do to stop them from harming your plants.
No matter the level of experience, when it comes to growing marijuana, growers are faced with many challenges. Some of the worst include insects, bad weather conditions, soil issues, heat stress, and birds, among other threats. It’s a real bummer to experience damaged or no crops at all after investing so much hard work, but it’s even worse knowing you could’ve done something about it.
SYMPTOMS OF BIRDS
Birds are usually in your crops for two main reasons: to eat them, or to eat the critters on them. Either way, you don’t really want them around. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to protect your marijuana plants from birds; however, we recommend that you wait to act until you can say with confidence that birds are stealing your cannabis seeds. Here are a few tips:
Now, let’s not assume we’re talking about all birds here. More often than not, growers have problems with game birds. It may be hard to believe, but there are many species that will specifically seek out marijuana seeds, so the struggle is certainly real for us growers. Once your marijuana seeds are prepared for soil, the flying attack on them can be almost immediate, leaving you without anything to grow. If you are also growing to produce seeds, then birds can strike as they grow. For the grower not really dealing with seeds, birds are unlikely to ever be a problem. The birds most likely to give you issues include:
The appearance of birds is always to be expected in any outdoor growing situation, so it won’t take much to tell if birds are tampering with and stealing from your crop or not. Birds visiting your grow isn’t automatically a bad thing. Here are marijuana plant symptoms to watch out for:
Mrs Hewitson said: "I sent a picture in via email and I got a couple of interesting emails back, including one from the police.
After discovering it was an illegal cannabis plant the police were involved.
"We've been told we have to cut it up and either compost it, take it to the police station or take it up to the local recycling centre," Mrs Hewitson said.
BBC Radio Devon's gardening expert, Sarah Chesters, said: "I think the seed of this came from the bird feeder which hangs just above their door.
"It's quite common for bird seed to contain a huge variety of plant seed and cannabis has been known to come up from it."