Updated: Aug 27, 2021
The ‘shooo shooo’, go away shouting and cursing to chase away birds from ones farm, orchid or garden is just as awkward and perhaps silly when you think of it. I have done it myself a couple of times and in the house too, when the cat keeps trying to get its way into the kitchen.
To bring the picture home, Dominion farms previously in Siaya County, before its collapse hired close to 1000 casuals a day. This was done at the onset of the season when harvest of rice and other rotational crops was due. Their work was to chase away birds from its extensive farm.
Their investment in bird repellents - organic was nil. With a bit of research, perhaps they would have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars, with simple out of the box solutions. i) use of bird repellent tapes ii) solar ultrasonic bird repellents and iii) large kites that have a cunny resemblance to predator birds.
A combination of the three, would have been super effective and saved them quite some money.
I have installed the bird repellent tapes on my farm and it works wonders. It has kept most birds away especially those that prey on the ladybirds - my strong army with a voracious appetite for pests like aphids and whiteflies.
For now, my 'sukuma wiki', is safe from those annoying birds.