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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jjakaus, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. jjakaus

    jjakaus In the Brooder

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    All of a sudden the birds, mostly sparrows, have started giong INTO the coop to eat the chicken food. I stopped putting food in the run for this reason. I have a small coop with an attached 9x9 run. This is the only place the chickens go. We dont have many predators, so I usually keep the side that is open, open. They have eaten all the grass, so I dont know that they would get enough food if I tried to only feed them in the evening or early morning by closing up the coop and keeping them in. I do give them kitchen scraps and dried cut grass daily. Any suggestions? I have pics so you can get an idea of the layout. Thanks!!!

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    The coop. There is an opening between so they have access to both sides all day. One side in for roosting and laying and one side has food ( the black feeder attached to wall) and water.

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    The yard. It is covered from the back wall until just before the open door with sun cloth. In theory I could cover the whole thing, but I think it would cut air flow and that concerns me.
     

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Do a search for sparrow traps. Might be the solution to your problems.
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

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    With such a small run, aviary cloth might be the ticket. It is netting you could use to cover the area.

    Chris
     
  4. c2chicks

    c2chicks Chirping

    You could try a treadle feeder. The weight of the chicken(s) would be enough to open it for food, but not a sparrow.
     

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