Originally Posted by Mamachic1967
For 2 days I've been chasing these little birds out of the chicken house inside my barn. they're going after the chicken feed. I figured out that they are called White Crowned Sparrows, a winter bird. They've also been hitting my patio door. How on earth do I keep them out of the chicken house. I'm keeping the wild bird feeders full so they won't go in but they're eating me out of house and home! Please help! Here's a picture of the culprit!
First close ALL of your wild bird feeders. I am unsure who told you that if you fed the wild birds that would prevent them from raiding your chickens' feeders but that information is crazy. Wild birds are just as greedy as us humans are. Maybe more so because wild birds are unable to read keep out signs and thus they are like the predators that prey on chickens and are only returning to a rich feeding ground.
Next add some small mesh wire or netting to exclude wild birds from your coop or run. Wild birds are enormous reservoirs of poultry diseases and parasites. Free range is a good thing but a free lunch for every beger bird with it hand held out won't cut it for long in the poultry bizz.