Birds stealing my chicken feed!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by blake101, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. blake101

    blake101 Songster

    Feb 13, 2010
    North, MS
    I have just recently started see wild birds stealing my girls chicken feed, they will fly in the coop and my girls do nothing about it. The only time they fly away is when I come out the door. Do any of you have this problem if so what do you do about it? Don't really won't to feed the whole neighbor hood.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2010

  2. WhoopiePie

    WhoopiePie Chirping

    Nov 1, 2010
    Queens, NY
    for me it was actually a squirrel that got into my feeder! i was wondering how the chickens spilled so much feed from a PVC feeder (the reason my brother built it was to prevent spillage) and i realized the squirrel was digging around in there for sunflower seeds. i stopped mixing the BOSS with the feed and started throwing it on the ground for them in the evening with their corn. that's when the wild birds come around for the leftover corn.... my chickens like to chase them though [​IMG] idk, maybe a pop door at the entrance would help but then you'd have to open it up in the evening for your chickens to go back in at night and you'd also have to make sure you have a water source on the outside of the coop while the chickens are out.
  3. Country Parson

    Country Parson Songster

    Oct 1, 2010
    Bellefontaine, OH
    I keep all my feeders in the coop house itself, which usually deters birds. I will occasionally find a bird inside the coop house, but it has drastically cut down on wasted feed. I've heard people say that if you free range (which I do) then you should have feed stations outdoors as well as indoors. I've found this unnecessary. The hens go in and out of the coop house as they wish.
  4. bills

    bills Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    vancouver island
    I had a neighbor that had a raven actually go into the coop, and steal an egg. Your not so bad

    I had a flock of California quail land in the run one time. There just have been 10-12 of them. There was no feeder in the run, so I guess they were just curious. The hens really looked shocked, especiallly when they all flew off in one bunch..[​IMG]

    They must be pretty hungry to be risking getting trapped in the coop, or perhaps attacked by an irate hen..
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2010
  5. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Quote:X2, except I've never seen a bird in there, and there are plenty around, including hawks and crows.
  6. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

    Feb 8, 2007
    start feeding them inside. I have a friend who feeds outside and she has the same problems. Plus, by feeding outside and having wild birds in your run getting into the feed, your increasing your risk of getting lice and mites from the wild ones to your own.
  7. mulewagon

    mulewagon Songster

    Nov 13, 2010
    I just saw a couple of birds in my pen this morning, sneaking over towards the feed...then a hen spotted them and ran them off!

  8. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    When I used crumbles I had a huge issue with grackles stealing the food. I switched to pellets and the problem went away. The pellets were too big for them to eat.
  9. blake101

    blake101 Songster

    Feb 13, 2010
    North, MS
    Quote:I have been using pellets, but they continue to steal the food...
  10. thedeacon

    thedeacon Songster

    Nov 14, 2008
    Some swear by a fake Owl just hanging around.

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