Scrub Jays -- Help!

JenniferK

Songster
12 Years
May 7, 2007
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Northern California
We have a henhouse/outdoor run that are pretty secure from any kind of predator, but we let the hens out into a larger run during the day with access to their coop. I thought our hens were pecking their eggs until I caught a scrub jay inside the hen house. Usually what we find is one pecked egg a day, generally with a fairly small hole and most of the egg still inside. At one point we had chicks in a small pen just inside the hen house door, and the little corridor that made just inside the door seemed to deter the jays for a while, but now they're back. The fake flying owl that we posted outside the coop didn't seem to make any difference at all. Does anyone have suggestions?
 

Lofty Dreams

Songster
9 Years
Apr 9, 2010
728
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Minnesota
I have a cat named Pumpkin he goes after wild birds,but leaves my chickens alone. They dont bother him at all as a matter of fact, he goes into my chicken coop checking for the house mice not finding anything. I have heard of trap-door nest boxes
+ you can tell what hen layed what egg
- you have to take them out
 

tammyd57

Songster
9 Years
Feb 12, 2010
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13
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Central Valley, California
I would try hanging a piece of fabric over the coop door like a curtain. The jays probably won't push it aside to get in but the chickens won't have any problem getting through.
 

JenniferK

Songster
12 Years
May 7, 2007
121
2
141
Northern California
Fabric over the door sounds like a good idea, and easy to try. I'm not sure what is meant by roll out nest boxes... Do you mean where the eggs roll out? I think that would require some pretty major structural changes to our hen house.
 

Doc Henry

Songster
10 Years
Nov 16, 2009
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Georgetown Tx
Yes you would have to make structural changes but they come with other benefits like ease of gathering eggs and they will keep your chickens from ever eating their own eggs. I don't see the changes as major but you would have to cut an opening if you dont already have one.
 

la dee da

Songster
11 Years
Dec 18, 2008
610
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Virginia
Quote:Maybe instead of tilting to the outside you can make a little area inside that the eggs will roll into. The area with have only one open side so every other side is covered with wood.
 

JenniferK

Songster
12 Years
May 7, 2007
121
2
141
Northern California
Thanks for the suggestions, all of you. I made a curtain with a bunch of slits in it and so far today it seems to be working, but I have a feeling that eventually it won't and then we'll be looking at the roll out nest boxes...
 

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