What is the fastest way to pit cherries & to stop birds eating them?

I have hundreds of cherries on my tree. We need to pick them fast before the birds get to them.
  6 answers
  • BillieandRob Linhart BillieandRob Linhart on Jun 21, 2017
    Pastry or piping tip or could use a chopstick. You can tie shiny and noise making things to branches to scare birds off (ex. old CD's/DVD's or alum pie pans).

  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Jun 21, 2017
    I am not sure if you meant "pick" cherries but if you meant pit, I have the easiest way there is. Get a large straw, like for a milkshake. You can also use one of the straws from the drink mugs.
    Then push the straw from the bottom on the cherry to the top and you are golden.
    To help keep birds away, get some dollar tree snakes and put them on the ground, maybe even hang some from the trees. They also hate anything flashy so hanging strips of Mylar (from a used balloon) or old CD's. Hope those help.

  • Carole Triplett Brooks Carole Triplett Brooks on Jun 21, 2017
    Step 1: Attach Bird Netting To Tree. One way to protect your tree from pesky birds is to install a bird netting over the top of the three.

    Step 2: Hang Windchimes. Birds to not like loud, ringing, annoying sounds.

    Step 3: Use Fake Predators.

    Step 4: Hang Cans or CDs.


    Use a toothpick, un-bent paper clip, hair pin, or a metal orange stick (as for manicures). Insert whichever tool* you choose into the stem end of the cherry. You should feel it hit the pit.


    Twist your implement of choice around the pit and pop it out. It will take you a few cherries to get the feel of it. Be patient, experiment a bit for the twisting motion that works best for you, and don't worry about the mangled mess those first few cherries may become – they'll still taste just as good.

  • Granny Granny on Jun 21, 2017
    hang a tin pie plate where the wind will make it blow...will scare away birds

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Jun 21, 2017
    To keep the birds OFF your trees here is a weblink with a few excellent suggestions >>>
    AND the fastest way I know of to pit cherries is pop them in my mouth and bite down LOL --- well that works for MY cherries, but if you're going to share them and you don't have a cherry pitter make sure they are ripe, grab a soda bottle and a chopstick and follow the instructions in this video ;) Good Luck, Happy Eating, and thanks for using Hometalk to help solve your dilemma ;)

  • Pam Pam on Jun 21, 2017
    get cheap foil pie tins or old cds and hang them in the trees the noise and movement from the wind keeps the birds from eating your fruit. I have peaches that the birds got my whole harvest one year. The following year I tried this trick. Not a nibble. Also get a cherry potter to get the pits out Good luck