Birds in chciken house

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by har, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. har

    har Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2009
    Anybody have any ideas on keeping starlings out of my chicken house. I open the pop door to let the chickens out to free range and the starlings go in and make a big mess. I am at a loss what to do. I want my chickens to free range but don't want the birds in there for the threat of sickness and etc.
  2. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    I had a problem with doves and sparrows getting into the coop. I first made a curtain with strips of shade cloth that hung down over the pop door opening. That eliminated the doves, but the sparrows kept worming their way through. I don't know if the curtain I made would keep starlings out or if they'd be more like the sparrows. I've seen other byc'ers make them from vinyl, which seems to make a better barrier than what I used and I'll bet that would keep them all out. Removing the food was ultimately the best thing I did to reduce the numbers, but I know that is not always an option for some. You can see my byc page for greater detail on how to implement such a door and other things I did to wild bird proof my coop. Good luck!
  3. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    I have been having the same problem! Twice my Roo and his 14 hens wont go into the coop because a bird is in there!
  4. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2010
    I was having the same problem a few weeks ago. I like to leave to pop door open so the girls can go in and out to lay and eat. For a few days I had to put the food away while the door was open. Once the starlings realized the food supply was gone, they went away. I also shot a couple with a bb gun. That is not always an option, but both things seemed to work for me.
  5. sweety tweety

    sweety tweety Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2011
    i put a fake owel on top of the coop it seemed to help some but i agree food removal works best
  6. treehugger777

    treehugger777 Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2012
    Long Island, NY
    Last edited: May 4, 2012

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