Wild Birds Eating Chicken Feed?

Update: Bought the Treadle Feeder and was NOT impressed. The chickens just scratched all the feed on the ground… wasting more than ever! 😦

Feeding free-run chickens and not the wild birds is a common problem. With the price of layer pellets near $18 for 50lbs, it’s become rather spendy just to feed my own birds. Pigeons, Doves and sparrows is where I draw the line.Β  Aviary netting over the top of my chicken yard has helped, but there’s always those spots that can’t be covered, like gates for instance.

So, if you want to know how to get rid of those pesty wild birds, here’s your answer…Β  you can’t.Β  However, you can indeed outsmart them! It may take a little effort on your part, but definitely not as much as flapping your arms and chasing those unwanted freeloaders away all day.

My best advice?

Stop free-feeding.
Get rid of the ample feed source and the birds will go elsewhere. I have a 12lb feeder in the center of my chicken yard, it is kept covered with a plastic trash can except for two hours in the morning and two hours in late afternoon. I throw food scraps or scratch anytime, since those goodies are consumed quickly.

Better yet… check this out, waaaaaay cool!

Treadle Feeder
This type of feeder is covered all the time, until a chicken stands on it. The weight of the chicken opens the lid automatically, then closes when the bird steps off. This video will give you a better idea of how it works.

 

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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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4 Responses to Wild Birds Eating Chicken Feed?

  1. Not sure of all the terms, here, but although our chickens eat when and where they want, the store-bought feed is in a dispenser inside the chicken house and they know where it is. That way we only feed the mice and rats. πŸ™‚

  2. tbnranch says:

    And they say chickens are stupid… no way! My husband is going to try and build me that treadle feeder – this is going to be fun!

  3. Bongo says:

    Funny watching those chickens. I hadn’t thought about problems with wild birds eating the chicken feed.

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