Will chickens attack other birds?/Can chickens coexist with others?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by IrlJamie, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. IrlJamie

    IrlJamie Hatching

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    We have a friend that keeps a large henhouse & fenced in area...
    They actually have hung a small birdcage in the top of the coop(where the chickens cannot fly) and have 2 zebra finches living in it. They leave the birdhouse door open & the finches fly around the top of the coop and perch on some ledges that they have built for them.
    So my question is this: is that a bad idea? Will the chickens try and kill the finches(they havnt had any trouble yet)? Is that bad for the finches?

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2009
  2. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

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    I can see them pecking at them if given the opportunity, don't think they will go after them aggressively. Mine, unfortunately tolerate the sparrow and starlings all too well.
    My thought is, what is to keep the finches from flying out the chicken door and into the wide open world?
     
  3. cardsyourway_us

    cardsyourway_us In the Brooder

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    When my girls were younger, they'd scare off the crows, pigeons and doves in our yard.. [​IMG]

    but now they let them come in their coop to eat their leftovers! [​IMG]

    I'm thinking about putting a layer of smaller mesh over the chicken wire to keep the foreign birds out!
     
  4. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Songster

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    I've got an Orloff pullet who will sneak around the flower pots and jump out at the birds to make them fly away. You can almost see her waving her wings and shouting 'Boogabooga!' It is really funny. I don't think she is trying to attack them but then, I can't read her mind.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I would just like to say [​IMG]
     
  6. Jamsoundsgood

    Jamsoundsgood Songster

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    Mine don't mind sharing the barn with the swallows, but I found the head and feathers of a crow out there last week, so I think it depends on whether or not the bird gets "caught".
    Emily
     

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