Does leaving food in the run attract more predators??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by PamB, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. PamB

    PamB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    Our run is almost done and I plan on leaving water and food both inside the coop & in the run area. However, now I'm wondering if leaving the food outside is a bad idea. Will doing so attract more predators???
     
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    At the very least it will attract rats and mice which will attract snakes ,which can then attract hungry hawks and owls, so yea it is not a good idea unless you can prevent anything from getting to it besides your birds.
     
  3. PamB

    PamB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    That is what I was thinking. So, do I put food out for them and then put it away at night, or just let them find their own food (ie bugs) in the run and leave the food in the coop? The coop will be open for them to go in and out of.
     
  4. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bring my food in at night. In addition to rats and mice, it will also attract raccoons and possums. Not a good idea.
     
  5. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    I never leave food out at night. It is all picked up or covered each evening. Each morning feeders are uncovered/set out and refilled.

    Matt
     
  6. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it will plus it will bring in wild birds which can bring in lice, mites and heaven only knows what kinds of diseases. Even if you're feeding treats, I'd suggest doing it early in the day so the chickens have it cleaned up so it won't invite nighttime animals.
     
  7. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i always leave my feed in the coop and they go in to eat when they are hungry. this way nothing else can eat it at night
     
  8. PamB

    PamB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    Ok, thank you all! I figured that it wasn't a good idea but I keep seeing pictures of runs with feeders in them. I suppose they are just taking them in at night as you said. Thanks again for the responses! Much appreciated!! [​IMG]
     
  9. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm not sure they all do and , even if they do, there is always the chance of spilled food on the ground. Just not a good idea but, with smaller coops, it may be the only alternative.
     

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