MAGPIES Helping themselves!!??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by equus2, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. equus2

    equus2 Songster

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    Hubby said a magpie LEFT the chicken house as he approached last night - walked down the hen's ramp and flew away. Egg production was down again, I blamed it on the weather. I JUST sold my large, protective Java roosters. [​IMG]

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    It's a horse shed converted to hen house, with dirt floor and large outdoor runs. Due to the configuration, I haven't put a net over the top (the human door opens into the run.)

    HAd no idea they could be that bold. Guess I'll have to put up netting?

    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I don't even know what a magpie looks like. Do they eat eggs? What is their usual diet?

    This will give you a bump, anyway.
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  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    They are crows, we have them here as well, some families are good.

    They nest around our trees, chase the hawks and never bother our pigeon and chickens.... those ones we leave alone....

    but, every now and then they get chased away by other not so friendly group, those we dispatched pronto and let the next family move in.
  4. equus2

    equus2 Songster

    They'll scoop up chicks that are free-ranging, but don't see to bother older birds. I didn't know they'd enter a building and eat eggs!

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