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How to keep chickens off of back porch.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ball44, May 13, 2012.

  1. ball44

    ball44 New Egg

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    I have had chickens now for about a month. About 2 weeks ago I let them start free ranging. The problem that I am having is with them coming up on the back porch eating cat food. If I put a gate up at the bottom of the steps will that keep them off or will they just fly over it? Is there anything else I can do to keep them off the porch? The back porch is covered that's why I have the cat food there.

    Thanks.
     
  2. SarniaTricia

    SarniaTricia Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know it sounds silly to say..... stop putting the food on the back porch.
    They go were the food is....
     
  3. tuckertori

    tuckertori Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh man, I was hoping for a real answer! We put up gates on our deck but yes, they fly over. Our year old girl comes in the house to get the dog food when we leave the door open. We have found the chickens are very personable and enjoy pet food. Because they seem to like people, I am not sure that gates will even stop them. Good luck. We have given in.
     
  4. Supernatural

    Supernatural Out Of The Brooder

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    My back porch is covered in chicken poop, and we don't have cat or dog food there. They can see into the kitchen from there, and I'm pretty sure that's why they keep coming up on the porch - the kitchen is where all the scraps come from. [​IMG]

    The gate might stop them from coming up there; mine won't go over even a low gate (but our porch isn't gated, unfortunately). But I wouldn't bet on it stopping yours, especially if they know there's cat food to eat on the other side. Worth a try, I guess.

    I think if I were you, I'd put the cat food inside something only the cat can get into. A box with a door/hole just barely big enough for the cat, but too small for fat chickens? Or feed the cat in the early mornings and late evenings, after the chickens have gone to bed?
     
  5. SarniaTricia

    SarniaTricia Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am picturing my girls head to shoulders into a hole in the front of a box.... tail sticking out.... and others pecking her but to get their turn.... growles and clucks and feathers and a crowing roo.... OH MY.....[​IMG] ...... my girls would go into a den of foxes for cat food.... they are such piggies.... I have to lock my barn cat food up with the chicken food and I feed the cats after everyone is in the coop shut up for the night (they will get into the cat food before the feed or scratch!)

    I will need to set up this exact sceen and get a photo or video and post it for you....
     
  6. bokbokchicken

    bokbokchicken New Egg

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    Shoot! I was really hoping to find an answer to this, too. Our chickens LOVE our back porch. They know they are not supposed to hang out there since I chase them off with a water gun whenever I see them. But if I'm not around, they're promptly back on the porch, pooping away. I think I need a remote sprinkler system or something that they don't associate with my being there. They have the entire yard to play, but the porch seems to be their preferred hang-out.
     

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