Feeding and Wild Birds

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

  1. jennjenn6

    jennjenn6 In the Brooder

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    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

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    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

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    Is moving the feed inside the coop an option?
     
  6. jennjenn6

    jennjenn6 In the Brooder

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    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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