We finally got our chicken coop built and made the big move. So, now I am finally getting back to more routine yard maintenance. I have a wild bird feeder and a bird bath in the back yard. I usually try to keep it filled all summer because we have a lot of songbirds that I enjoy watching. But now that we have chickens I'm not sure if this is a good idea. Our chickens stay in a roofed run most of the time, but I would like to let them out in the afternoons when our resident red-tailed hawk isn't around.
Would the detritus below the bird feeder be hazardous to the chickens? Would it be sufficient to put some type of low garden fence around the area or would it be bad just having that many wild birds in the area, even if I could find a way to quarden off the area directly around it?