Small birds stealing the chickens' food!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by sonorajinn, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. sonorajinn

    sonorajinn New Egg

    Jan 11, 2011

    My girlfriend and I have five chickens in our backyard in Tucson, AZ. We feed them a mixture of seed for the most part, and also kitchen scraps when we have them. Every morning, though, a horde of sparrows, doves, and pigeons arrive in the backyard and steal the seed right out from under our chickens' beaks - what can we do to deal with this? The chickens aren't assertive themselves, and we don't really want to shoot the other birds as some have suggested to us. Thanks so much for any suggestions!
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    You should probably look into finding laying pellets for your girls. It will be less attractive to the wild birds, and a more balanced diet for your girls.
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I have the same problem.

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