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How can I keep wild birds out of coop?

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Very often when I go out to my coop there are 20 or more wild little birds in there either eating or just sitting around! I closed to "people" door but they just came in through the chicken door. I have been going through food very fast and I know they can make my chickens sick. Has anyone had luck keeping them out? I only feed my chickens inside the coop and they have a fenced run they go out in. Thanks.

Melissa near Yakima, WA.  MommyToThree neat kids, wife to a great husband, owner of chickens! 4 Golden Wyandottes, 4 Golden sex links, 3 Easter Eggers, 1 Silkie, and 3 unknown banties.
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post #2 of 8

I have a closed run, I used to free range and had lots of windchimes up and CDs this helped alot- also I feed the wild birds well away from the chicken area- so they could chase hawks.

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post #3 of 8

Hi MommyToThree.  I'm going through the same problem.  I've resolved my issues with doves, but sparrows continue to be the bane of my existence.  I made a shade-cloth curtain over the chickens' door to the coop to keep out the doves.  You can look at my BYC page (down towards the end) to see how I made and implemented the curtain.  The problem is sparrows continue to worm their way through the curtain.  I've decided that the only solution for my specific situation is to make a treadle-feeder that only allows the chickens access to the food (not the wild birds).  I'm working on it now; I'm quite hopeful that this will help solve, if not eliminate, the problem.

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post #4 of 8

I don't have this problem, but i wonder if Fire Tigeris doesn't have the right idea by feeding the wild birds in a feeder on a different part of the property.

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Oh I am so glad that someone else is having this problem. Well that sounds bad but you know what I mean!

When I get up in the morning there are at least 10 wood pigeons lined up along the fence. Then there is the sparrows, starlings and thrushes 2 types, then there are the house martins and the rooks and the seagulls - well you get my drift - its an all you can eat buffet!!!!! I have over 100 birds flying in and out of the run! They just go through the wire and even get through the net on the roof? We had one poor thing get trapped in the pot belly chimeny and sadly it died before we could get it out so they get themselves into bother a lot! Thing is there seems to be a great number of them this year - wonder if it is because they are stealing the Layers????? Anyhow I worry about them bringing disease into my girls and well they cost a fortune in feed but I didn;t know what to do as they seem to get into everything no matter what I try. Its like they formally line up for their breakfast! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Dh shouts at them and they laugh at him and just come back again as soon as he is in doors. I will certainly try the wind chimes - I can;t figure out why my fiesty head girl Gerty will go for our baby chickens but will she stop the wild birds from theiving their food not a chance!!!!!! She just lets them all in and doesn;t bat an eyelid!

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post #6 of 8

I have a large hanging feeder suspended about 8" off the ground, attached to the coop.  I have several feeders for the wild birds in the yard also, but they're at least 20' high.  I've not seen any wild birds around the chicken feeder, and I think it's partly because I keep their own feeders supplied with suet and thistle and BOSS, and also because the chicken feeder's so close to the ground.
I do take the chicken feeder indoors at night to discourage racoons, squirrels, wild turkeys and other critters from getting into the chicken feed.

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post #7 of 8
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Well, I have almost 100% stoped the little bird from getting into the coop and run! We used bird netting and ziptied it to the wire. I found the netting at my co-op but it is online also. We had to make sure there were no gaps and put boards around the bottom so they could not sneek under it. I have only had two little buggers sneak in after this was put up!! It was under $50 to do, would be a little more if we had not already had the boards we put abound the bottom.  Hope this helps someone, good luck.

Melissa near Yakima, WA.  MommyToThree neat kids, wife to a great husband, owner of chickens! 4 Golden Wyandottes, 4 Golden sex links, 3 Easter Eggers, 1 Silkie, and 3 unknown banties.
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Melissa near Yakima, WA.  MommyToThree neat kids, wife to a great husband, owner of chickens! 4 Golden Wyandottes, 4 Golden sex links, 3 Easter Eggers, 1 Silkie, and 3 unknown banties.
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post #8 of 8

I just found my coop is infested with Northern Fowl Mites, and have been dealing with how to get rid of them - but that's another story!  In the past few weeks, I've seen little sparrows inside our coop.  They go in through the chicken door.  We love watching the birds, and I thought this was cute at first.  Then I realized:  this must be where the mites came from!  

 

I am thinking of hanging  strips of mylar from the top of the entrance - has anyone ever tried this?  I like the CD idea - I will try that also.  Any other ideas would be much appreciated.  I just treated all 6 of my birds and I don't want another infestation of mites!

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