Wild Birds Eating My Chicken's Food

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by wolfgirl9, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. wolfgirl9

    wolfgirl9 Out Of The Brooder

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    I live near the mountains and during the year all kinds of small finches and quail come down to my house and easily slip through the wiring on my chicken coop and gorge themselves on chicken feed.[​IMG] I don't know how to keep them out of the coop besides buying small expensive wiring with money we don't have the leisure to spend. Is there an alternative to keeping these pests out? [​IMG]
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Feeding the chickens in an enclosed coop may help for a bit, but the wild critters eventually figure things out. There are treadle type feeders, but I have absolutely no experience with them. Hopefully someone that has used them will post.
     
  3. Naser

    Naser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two treadle feeders. wild birds wouldn't even dream to get my chicken food.
     
  4. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Inside the coop. Wild birds can't reach down low enough ( ~3") to reach the food.
     
  5. wolfgirl9

    wolfgirl9 Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you for the replies I will try both
     
  6. wolfgirl9

    wolfgirl9 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]
     
  7. tracecom

    tracecom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never ate a finch, but if the quail were coming in my pen, I would be trapping them. Then, I could be the one "gorging."
     
  8. wolfgirl9

    wolfgirl9 Out Of The Brooder

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    Haha[​IMG]
     

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