Feeding and Wild Birds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jennjenn6, May 27, 2012.

  1. jennjenn6

    jennjenn6 In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2012
    Eugene, OR
    I have 3-month old chicks and they are out in their covered run all day. It's a dog kennel. I covered the top with black netting and a portion is covered with a tarp for shade. The last few days a flock of wild birds, including some starlings have shown up and are getting in and eating the food. [​IMG]
    I've been searching everywhere to look for ideas to keep them out. I was thinking of wrapping the kennel in deer netting. I can NOT afford hardware cloth for the upper part of the run. I have it to keep the coop itself secure and they are always locked up at night. I used chicken wire along the bottom 2 feet to keep them from sticking their heads out [​IMG]
    any ideas? suggestions? ANYTHING!!!
  2. albert w

    albert w Chirping

    Feb 6, 2012
    I used some weed-block fabric (the type used in landscaping) to cover part of the run for a little extra shade. It's pretty cheap but if you have to cover too much area, it will make a pretty dark coop/run.
  3. MyTDogs

    MyTDogs Songster

    I'd use the deer netting. It will keep the birds out- some might get tangled the first time they try to come in but after that they will learn. If you have more chicken wire you can use that- the smaller size stuff will keep out most birds too.

    good luck!

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  4. Plastic molded Owl Decoy and a BB-Gun. Together they will work wonders. [​IMG]
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  5. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

    Apr 7, 2011
    Western NY
    My Coop
    Is moving the feed inside the coop an option?
  6. jennjenn6

    jennjenn6 In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2012
    Eugene, OR
    They just fly in and then there is wild bird poop inside!

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions [​IMG]
    The deer block is only about $20 for a 100' roll (7' tall) at Home Depot. I can just pick up some zip ties I think and attach it.

    Has anyone used "flashing" tape around the run to keep out predators? I'm afraid it would scare the chickens too! lol

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