Suggestions for Preventing Starlings from robbing scratch & food

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lgdnevada, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. lgdnevada

    lgdnevada Out Of The Brooder

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    At my "peak" chicken ownership I had 50 layers here - Polish, Cochins, Leghorns, bantams - my coop was on the side of my barn and difficult to close off from other flying birds. Starlings settled in here and literally drove me out of keeping hens with their invasion. I was going through more than 50 pounds of scratch in just days. I was going broke! I sold off my flock and I miss my chickens…wanting to re-start all over, but need tips on how to keep pesky Starlings away. Fake owls and hawks did nothing nor did the large balloon inflatable "eye" things. If a person nets off most of the coop, how do you deal with Starling invasions when the find the "hole" or space your hens go in and out of in order to get to their food and roosts? Thank you!
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    My Coop
    Small mesh....1/2" hardware cloth.
    Heavy plastic strips over pop door.
    Treadle feeder.
     
  3. bigmrg74

    bigmrg74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had issues with the local sparrows around here before I figured out how to curtain off the door to the coop with a grain bag. Just cut some slits into a bag and it over the door. You might have to join two bags together to pull that off if you're using a full human door. I converted the door on my coop to a Dutch door last summer and stapled the bag to the bottom of the top door.

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    You can even slice the strips a little narrower than that, and cut maybe a strip or two off about halfway up so that your chickens would see an opening. Should be enough to discourage the other birds around from getting into your coop and feed.

    Pictures of your coop space are also helpful for the rest of use to help spitball ideas for you.
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2016
  4. lgdnevada

    lgdnevada Out Of The Brooder

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    I am loving these suggestions and thank everyone! There may be hope yet! [​IMG]
     
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