wild birds, how do you make them leave?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Darklingstorm, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone know how to keep wild birds out of your feeders?
    I have a feeder in the coop and one outside for the ducks & chickens. I looked outside a little while ago and there must have been 20+ wild birds doing their very best to eat all the food. I have accepted that the crows/black birds eat the leftover dog & cat food, but that is after the animals have a chance to eat (I feed the dogs & cat at night). But I can't afford to feed every wild bird in the neighborhood. A few I don't mind but 20+ is too many.
    I moved the outside feeder into the duck hut but I can't keep it there all the time.

    I don't want to get a fake hawk or owl because I don't my girls to get used to a sitting hawk/owl and become used to the sight. We have both REAL predators here.
    Any other suggestions, please?!
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    The only way to get rid of them is to stop leaving the feed out. If you're feeding the birds, chances are you're feeding the mice too. I feed my chickens on the ground, so there isn't any left over at the end of the day. Good luck!
     
  3. Allsardane

    Allsardane Out Of The Brooder

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  4. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    I was advised, as a general rule, to only put as much feed out in the morning as the chickens will eat by late afternoon. Then supplement with some scratch and/or other snacks in the evening. Leave no food out overnight. So really no leftovers sitting around to attract unwanted guests, I presume.

    I have to admit, I haven't tried this method yet since my chicks are still indoors and given free choice. Once they go out, I plan to follow this method, though. The last thing I need/want is to feed every rodent and wild bird in the neighborhood....we have bird feeders elsewhere on the property for that. [​IMG]
     
  5. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you
    Will be putting the feed up at night, mice really not a problem outside, my cat brings me all kills (trophies) and he hasn't brought me anything in a long time. Actually the last thing he brought me was a mole that was killing my garden.

    Will also put a smaller feeder inside the duck coop so that the ducks can get food. Which is the only reason I have food outside anyways. My flock free range and the chickens have a hanging feeder in their coop, they will just have to go inside to eat from now on.
     
  6. KatieBugg

    KatieBugg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls actually chase birds off [​IMG] One BO girls is very serious about keeping other birds away!
     
  7. calista

    calista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This won't work on crows (they're too big and too smart), but it WILL cut down your population of blackbirds, starlings, and English sparrows:

    http://sparrowtraps.net/

    As I understand it, blackbirds are a protected species, but starlings and English sparrows -- being introduced pests that prey on native birds -- are NOT.

    We've been using this trap successfully for almost a year now, and it has really cut down on the local population.
     
  8. MEchickenfarmer33

    MEchickenfarmer33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i wouldnt leave the food outside at all
     

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