Sparrows, how do you keep them out of the coop?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 70monte, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. 70monte

    70monte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't keep the sparrows out of the coop. The hardwire on the windows and vent had pretty big squares in it for them to get in so I stapled chicken wire on the backside of the hardwire and now they just go in through the pop door. They are crapping everywhere in the coop as well as eating the feed and I'm afraid they are going to give my chickens some type of disease.

    Today I watched three sparrows go into the coop through the pop door. I went over and shut the pop door and saw that one of our cats was watching the birds through one of the windows. I put the cat inside the coop and he caught one of the birds and the other two got away.

    Does anyone have any suggestions or should I just not worry about it?

    Wayne
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Hmm....just recently saw a thread or two on this...I'll have to look.

    Here's one:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=31319

    Another:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=179570

    Here's another:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=4906641

    Also- Gallo del Cielo (fellow BYCer) fixed his coop door with strips to keep wild birds out: (scroll down to see the door)
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=56638

    Also he is the member that made a treadle feeder:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=56638-building-a-treadle-feeder
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2010
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Sparrows carry the northern fowl mite. It is really common for chickens to get mites, and for the owner to have to treat for them. But wild birds going into your COOP is definitely not desireable.
     
  4. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Owl statue maybe?

    I know someone who tried it in his barn to keep swallows and pigeons out. Worked for awhile, but he didn't move it so they lost their fear of it
     
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get a trap.
     
  6. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Eat 'em?

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    yeah, I know... go away...
     
  7. emarble

    emarble Chillin' With My Peeps

    belive it or not I live in Missouri and in a rural missouri cookbook their is a receipe for Sparrow LMAO but it is true Myself I'm Not eatin one
     
  8. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You would need alot .
     
  9. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Quote:[​IMG] Yeah, there was a thread on here about eating them a while back.

    To the OP, good luck with the sparrows. My girls got poultry ticks from wild birds. I fed chickens in the coop and it brought the birds in through the pop door and the larger 1" X 2" welded wire I used. First thing I did was stop feeding in the coop so that I could decrease the risk of disease transmission. I put shade cloth strips over the pop door, which kept out everything but the sparrows. The little rascals wormed their way straight through it. Then I put 1/2" hardware cloth up on parts of my coop exposed to the outside. Those steps immediately stopped birds from entering the coop. I still had the problem of large numbers of birds getting to the feed outside (and I like to offer free-choice food to my girls). I made a treadle feeder and that put an end to my wild bird problem. I still have wild birds in my back yard, but not the numbers I was attracting with my all-you-can-eat buffet. Trapping might work in some places. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have worked for me. The numbers of birds passing through every day was simply too great to even think of trapping them all. Good luck!
     
  10. 70monte

    70monte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the links and advice. I do keep feed available at all times for the chickens so I may have to limit when I feed them. Maybe in the evening before they go in to roost. I do have a light in the coop so maybe they can all eat before roosting. I have two 4" pvc pipe feeders so they kind of have to take turns eating.

    Anyone have any suggestions on the best time to feed if I go that route? Thanks.

    Wayne
     

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