How to keep doves out of run?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bigdog100, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. bigdog100

    bigdog100 In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2008
    I have a run made out of welded wire. The grid is 2x4 and I have chicken wire up to 4 feet from the bottom. The doves fly in the run and eat the scratch and hang out on top of the run a crap all over the place. How do i keep the run clean of dove crap??
  2. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Cover it...if doves can fly in, that means hawks can fly you may want to cover it with netting at the very least.
  3. Maidservant

    Maidservant Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    Norwich, Norfolk, UK
    Doves can fit through a 2 inch by 4 in hole, hawks can't.

    Are you feeding scratch on the ground or in a feeder? You really don't want to feed much scratch in the summertime unless you live in a really cool environment (it can make them overheat). If you are feeding them on the ground, cut back to feeding them what they can clean up in a few minutes.

    If the doves learn that there isn't any food in the coop, they will quit going in. The second thing you could do is to put up a bird feeder a little way away from the chicken pen/coop. We have one about 20 yards away from the chicken pen, and even if they do have leftover food, there hasn't been a dove (or any other sort of bird) out with them. Doves only eat food on the ground, so you'll either have to sprinkle some on the ground under the feeder, or let the other wild birds (who will greatly appreciate the food) knock some down. The doves will eventually figure out that the birdfeeder has better food than the chicken pen!

    Hope this helps,
  4. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    My bad. [​IMG] I have large opening in my run wire....have doves everywhere....not a single one has made it through. Hmm...must eb magic.

    OP--good luck with your problem.....
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2008

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