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I'd keep filling the baby feeder until you get the big one.  If the food is on the ground for a short period of time I wouldn't worry, but if it's getting wet you do want to avoid it getting moldy.  You might also try a heavy plastic (dog) bowl for food for short term...something they won't knock over.

Done. I have anti tip dog bowls. Should I try and get up old food? It is all covered with canopy, just gets wet from me using hose cause I discovered they like wet grass, damp food?
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If it were me, I'd try to get up the old food if it's getting wet and try to prevent any spillage from getting wet in the future.

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If it were me, I'd try to get up the old food if it's getting wet and try to prevent any spillage from getting wet in the future.

Will do. Now I have a beautiful little domestic Zebra Finch flitting around the chickens, after food and water. Small enough, obviously, to go thru holes in poultry netting.The little thing is brave, gets right down in the middle of ten chickens. Most chicks looked at intruder like its an alien. My lead chick Tania snuck up, caught him, and flipped him thru the air. He flew away, so I think hes ok. I am worried about lice/mites/diseases, AND the finch, but I cant catch him. I get close, but cant catch.
When I go back he may have been devoured by hunting chick!?
Lisa
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Will do. Now I have a beautiful little domestic Zebra Finch flitting around the chickens, after food and water. Small enough, obviously, to go thru holes in poultry netting.The little thing is brave, gets right down in the middle of ten chickens. Most chicks looked at intruder like its an alien. My lead chick Tania snuck up, caught him, and flipped him thru the air. He flew away, so I think hes ok. I am worried about lice/mites/diseases, AND the finch, but I cant catch him. I get close, but cant catch.
When I go back he may have been devoured by hunting chick!?
Lisa

Lisa, if you can find a finch cage, and hang it at a convenient height, you might be able to lure him in with some finch seed, and  perhaps a spray of millet.  If you rig the door with a string/pulley, you might be able to drop the door with him inside, after giving him ample opportunity to visit the cage and eat without interruption.  I'm guessing he's plenty hungry if he's coming in to eat chicken feed!

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Lisa, if you can find a finch cage, and hang it at a convenient height, you might be able to lure him in with some finch seed, and  perhaps a spray of millet.  If you rig the door with a string/pulley, you might be able to drop the door with him inside, after giving him ample opportunity to visit the cage and eat without interruption.  I'm guessing he's plenty hungry if he's coming in to eat chicken feed!

He gets right in the middle of the chicks, hunting on the ground! I think he thinks he' s a chick!
He has beem assaulted twice already. THe chickens are huntng him. To them I bet he looks like something to eat!
I caught him in a towel, couldn't find him, so I raised corner of towel to look, and he escaped. We did find a little cage, so lets hope he likes the cage as much as he likes the chicks.
I have to go to Petsmartt tonight, so I will get some goodies for finches, expensive dog food, and full size chicken feeder so the quit wasting so much.
We would be loaded if not for animals. Oh well, this is my cup of tea!
LISA
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He gets right in the middle of the chicks, hunting on the ground! I think he thinks he' s a chick!
He has beem assaulted twice already. THe chickens are huntng him. To them I bet he looks like something to eat!
I caught him in a towel, couldn't find him, so I raised corner of towel to look, and he escaped. We did find a little cage, so lets hope he likes the cage as much as he likes the chicks.
I have to go to Petsmartt tonight, so I will get some goodies for finches, expensive dog food, and full size chicken feeder so the quit wasting so much.
We would be loaded if not for animals. Oh well, this is my cup of tea!
LISA

We did all suggestions, and left the small cage on table, then moved on top of overturned kitty pool. Some huge overgrown Orpington chicks became curious, and actually fit their entire bodies into it!?
Finch never returnedl so I think someone made an appetizer out of him.....
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