wild birds eating food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chicken parm, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. chicken parm

    chicken parm Out Of The Brooder

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    the wild birds are really cutting into my chicken feed! eating more then the chickens. i put bird seed out but doesn't seem to help. mostly the big black birds, any ideas how to stop them?
     
  2. ChixFlix

    ChixFlix Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the same problem. They are like a living carpet of birds, eating everything up! I also have blue jays and mockingbirds filling in when the mourning doves and blackbirds leave.
    Yipes!
     
  3. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    We keep feeders inside the coop only. Rarely does a wild bird go in there. We have waterers inside and out, but the wild birds don't seem to care much about those.

    I also keep feeders for the wild birds in a totally separate area......front yard, away from the coops and chicken pasture.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:That's what I do also. When I feed treats I do so in an open area and truthfully the chickens eat it so fast, a wild bird doesn't have a chance of getting any.
    Another good reason to keep your wild bird feeders well away from your coop and chickens is that wild birds can be carriers of diseases you wouldn't want your chickens to catch.
     

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