Wild birds visiting the flock?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Andora, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Now that spring is sort of here (I say that, but there is an inch of snow on the ground today...) it looks like baby birds are starting to hatch out. My yard has had an abundance of baby robins over the past few weeks, ones that look like they just left the nest for the first time and ones that don't have any common sense.

    I keep looking out the window to see these Robins in with my chickens! There will be one or two Robins pecking the ground right beside my birds, as if they are a part of the flock. One day there was a robin in the coop sharing the food from the feeder. Another day there was a Robin confused and stuck in the chicken run with the chickens.

    This didn't happen to me with my chickens last year. Is it normal to find wild birds right up next to your flock? Should I worry about diseases? There's nothing I can really do to prevent it unless I leave my chickens cooped 24/7, but I'm curious if other people have visitors...my chickens don't seem to mind, though I did see one of my roos giving a robin the evil eye.

    (ETA--If this would be better in the pests section mods feel free to move it.)
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2009
  2. Crazy_For_Chickens

    Crazy_For_Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2008
    It is normal for wild birds to be in your flock. They are just looking for food.

    They can give diseses to your flock though. Oh and remember that wild birds have mites and lice.

    To keep the wild birds out all that you really can do is put a top on you run.

    Hoped I helped,

  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    Yep, wild birds can be an issue. They are attracted to your feed.
    But count your lucky stars you only have robins to deal with.

    Scooter and Lulu: 700 and counting since November and starlings:
    countless millions.
  4. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Carlsbad, NM
    Yes they are after the food. I have the same problem with Dove. Not only do I have to worry about disease and "bugs", I'm feeding all of these extra mouths that show their appreciation by pooing on everything! [​IMG]

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