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    I wouldn't rule out a squirrel. They get much more courageous when food is available. Also, I've never seen birds take an entire strawberry, while squirrels are only too happy to take the whole thing. If you're in a place where you can shoot a pellet rifle and plan to grow more fruit, a good pellet rifle might be a good investment.
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    depending on the size of the berry and the size of the bird i have seen them haul off the occasional whole strawberry......but most often they just peck out the red area......
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    There were two berries on the plant at the time. One was full size, just coloring up. The other was still about only halfway developed. The larger berry was clipped of clean about .5 inches above the flower, nothing left except a stem. The half-developed berry was just pecked at. I have about 20+ flowers developing now, so I need to find a solution soon. I'll try and find some cage tomorrow, and will keep everybody posted on what works. Thanks for the suggestions!
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    Hot pepper spray works well for some critters, but birds have a very dull sense of smell and taste. So if it is birds, the pepper spray probably won't do anything. (I've seen parrots eat jalapeños like they were apples.)
    If you want to cage them, I suggest spending the extra cash for poultry wire; it lasts much longer than bird net. Get yourself some scrap wood and build a little frame, then wrap it in poultry wire. You can also use aluminum electrical conduit to make a frame - it's cheap aluminum pipe that sells for about $3 for a ten foot length, and you can bend it into all sorts of shape with a $12 pipe bender (which is, incidentally, the coolest-looking simple tool/improvised home defense weapon I've come across at a hardware store to date.)
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    I just build a barrier out of chicken wire whenever I have that kind of problem.

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    go with the wire cage, everything else is a gamble, and the cages are permanent so once you invest you can reuse them every year.

    we did this at my house for alot of our veggies that had animal problems...

    ( like last year when the squirrels came in a single day and ate about 30 vft bulbs ) haha

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