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Songbirds eating my chicken food

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by KRANKOR, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. KRANKOR

    KRANKOR New Egg

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    These pesky songbirds are eating more than my 8 hens (ok almost as much) (well, nearly as much) (too much) out of my hanging feeder and with feed as high as it is, I'm losing money on my backyard egg sales business.

    How can I keep them away???
     
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I had the same problem until I switched to using a Kuhl RF50 Pheasant Range feeder from Cutler Supply. They hold about 50# of feed and work real well. I've never seen any othdr birds feeding from them. They cost about $70
     
  3. KRANKOR

    KRANKOR New Egg

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    Thanks Sam
     
  4. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    Are the wild birds entering the run to get at the hanging feeder?

    If so, this would be a concern of mine because wild birds, as pretty as they are, can spread parasites and disease to your chickens.
     
  5. everyonesmomtwo

    everyonesmomtwo Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the same problem and yes the birds enter the coop. I've tried everything to keep them out. I've started to spreed the DE every where just in case of illness. I even spread food on the ground to try and keep them out, no luck.
    Suggestions?
    Sorry to jump into your post, but it seemed silly to start another with the same problem. [​IMG]
    Ruth
     
  6. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    i finally found a good net for my front yard [​IMG] 100x100 for $50 ,, is way better stuff then the cheap stuff at tractor supply.,,, but,, it doesnt help on them sparrows comming through the chain link fence [​IMG] [​IMG]
    i think the wild birds have a plan to take over all coops.... [​IMG]
     
  7. Eric in NC

    Eric in NC Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Where did you find a good net that cheap if you don't mind telling us?
     
  8. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sparrows used to get in my coop and eat the food from the feeders, but don't much now. One of my cats has learned that the roost is a great place to ambush them from as they come in the pop door, and the birds pretty well stay away now.
     
  9. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    Quote:Where did you find a good net that cheap if you don't mind telling us?

    i would if it was new,,, [​IMG] ,, but its a used 1,, guy use to rent them to the oilfield companies,,, he has 300x300 ,, imma gonna see what kind of deal i can get them at [​IMG]
     

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