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Old 06-17-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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I'm having an on going issue with my strawberries. Seems something eats them right before they ripen up. They are just starting to turn pinkish and I get what looks like a single tooth mark in the berry. I had one where it looked like a person bit the end off of another. I'm attaching some images if they help.

I've looked for slugs/snails, and I don't see any, or any trails around the beds. Doesn't look like a bird. Maybe mice? or other?
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:15 PM   #2
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Chipmunk maybe?
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:24 PM   #3
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Chipmunk maybe?
I don't have many chimpmunks.. but I do have squirrels like crazy.. Wonder if they are eating it?
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Chipmunks are notorious for taking one nibble out of each berry and moving onto the next. Squirrels ususlly steal a single a berry and run off with it. Bears will pick up the entire bowl of strawberries and carry the off without spilling a single one. Deer eat the whole strawberry plant, especially when it's blossoming.
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Slugs can be a real problem. You can check with a flashlight after dark to see if that's a problem. Last year I fenced in the strawberries but one morning found a very young rabbit eating. Birds and slugs have been the main problem over the years.
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BBBB, you pick the strawberries for them?
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BBBB, you pick the strawberries for them?
No I pick the strawberries for me, but sometimes when I'm not looking (picking one row over or pulling a few weeds), a bear will simply pick up my bowl of strawerries and walk off into the woods with them. My strawberry patch sits on teired sunny hill next to the wooods.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:02 PM   #8
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No I pick the strawberries for me, but sometimes when I'm not looking (picking one row over or pulling a few weeds), a bear will simply pick up my bowl of strawerries and walk off into the woods with them. My strawberry patch sits on teired sunny hill next to the wooods.
That makes me laugh. I was confused, I thought I didn't understand some agricultural term earlier.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:36 PM   #9
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A little follow up here. I originally thought it couldn't be a chipmunk, but I added some bird netting over my berries thinking maybe it was a bird that made a single bite mark looking track in my berries. I looked outside Saturday morning and sure enough I had a chipmunk trying to get under the netting. He seems to be leaving them alone now.
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I've had chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, and every bird including 1 of my chickens escaping the run and beelining it over to where my strawberries are. Everything's been "sharing" my strawberries with me including wasps that are attracted to the partially eaten strawberries. It's gotten to the point that I'm thinking next year I'm going to fence off and net the strawberries. I didn't realize they were such an animal magnet. 2 quarts is all I've gotten for us so far... not even enough to make jam. That's not that great considering how many strawberries were out there ripening. There's just no way I can beat the critters to them without "fortifying" where I'm growing them.
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