Template: Skinny | Lean | Well Rounded | Plump
Old 29th March 2012, 11:19 AM   #1
Thunda
advanced member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Wellington
Posts: 113
Sparrows in the hen house

Hi everyone, I have 6 chickens and they are kept in a converted shed with nest boxes and range around during the day. The shed has no windows, they are great layers!
However I also have half the local sparrow population living in the hen house. They sneak in the small chicken door and roost there during the day and poop everywhere. The main issue is that they eat all my chickens food (peck n' lay). It is costing me a small fortune to feed them all! When I open the door to the chicken house it is like something out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie - all the aprrows fly out in my face!
I don't want to shut my chickens out at all as they have a good routine, breakfast at 7am, lay eggs in nest boxes at 11am then back to bed at 8pm. i don't want them shut out and start to lay their eggs all over the place.
We made the mistake of feeding 'not quite perfect' eggs to the pigs and my Golden Retrievers got a sniff and now want to eat any eggs they see lying around.
Any ideas please?
Thunda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th March 2012, 11:23 AM   #2
3scoremiles10
advanced member
Friend of LSB
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 422
Re: Sparrows in the hen house

Get a chooketeria or other such style of feeder where the chooks have to step on a pedal to access the food. Sparrow won't get a look in
3scoremiles10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th March 2012, 11:42 AM   #3
Simkin
Chookaholic
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Canterbury, NZ
Posts: 7,159
Re: Sparrows in the hen house

Yep, self feeder is the answer.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/business-fa...-461469562.htm

This is the model I prefer (have 2 chooketerias but they only hold a fraction of the food this one holds). Go for a metal one. The wooden chooketerias had mouse holes in them within a fortnight but they make metal ones now, too.

These guys post to anywhere in NZ. Top quality (I don't get a commission), screws stay put. The guy who makes them is an engineer.
Simkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th March 2012, 12:16 PM   #4
hogies
lsb member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tauranga - Oropi
Posts: 166
Re: Sparrows in the hen house

I got one of these alot cheaper than the metal ones and has the same end result
http://www.trademe.co.nz/business-fa...-461386252.htm
hogies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th March 2012, 12:36 PM   #5
stephclark
lsb member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: kumeu
Posts: 2,610
Re: Sparrows in the hen house

Quote:
Originally Posted by 3scoremiles10 View Post
Get a chooketeria or other such style of feeder where the chooks have to step on a pedal to access the food. Sparrow won't get a look in

HUH! so you would think... my sparrows swoop in when the lids up.. they dont care if they get 'stuck' inside when miss chooks steps of pedal either!
stephclark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th March 2012, 02:16 PM   #6
Simkin
Chookaholic
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Canterbury, NZ
Posts: 7,159
Re: Sparrows in the hen house

Quote:
Originally Posted by hogies View Post
I got one of these alot cheaper than the metal ones and has the same end result
http://www.trademe.co.nz/business-fa...-461386252.htm
Yeah, those last about 2 years, maybe three if you are lucky.
Simkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th March 2012, 08:00 PM   #7
greenfingers
advanced member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Whatawhata (western Waikato)
Posts: 477
Re: Sparrows in the hen house

We have a chooketeria, it is great! Have only caught one sparrow and one chick in it in 1 yr of having chooks...much to hubbies amusement.
__________________
9.5 acres with 300-odd pines and lots of wobbly fences
greenfingers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th March 2012, 11:27 AM   #8
Cinsara
Slave to the Critters
Friend of LSB
 
Cinsara's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Nthrn Waikato
Posts: 4,474
Re: Sparrows in the hen house

Quote:
Originally Posted by hogies View Post
I got one of these alot cheaper than the metal ones and has the same end result
Do you have problems with chooks being hurt/killed while eating through the side when the lid falls down? I have just bought one of those and the lid fair thumps down.
__________________
>

Save the Earth... it's the only planet with chocolate!


Cinsara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th March 2012, 02:43 PM   #9
Simkin
Chookaholic
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Canterbury, NZ
Posts: 7,159
Re: Sparrows in the hen house

Cinsara - sparrows don't survive the lid thumping down on them but chooks don't seem to be bothered. It's not suitable for little chicks anyway as they jump in and may get 'forgotten' in there - or poo in there - but anything from bantam size upwards should be fine.
Simkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd April 2012, 08:53 PM   #10
welshie
Keeper of hens
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Central Hawkes Bay
Posts: 1,236
Re: Sparrows in the hen house

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cinsara View Post
Do you have problems with chooks being hurt/killed while eating through the side when the lid falls down? I have just bought one of those and the lid fair thumps down.
We glued on a thickish piece of foam to the underside of the lid to stop the very loud thump. The noise was completely freaking out the chooks! It cut the noise down a lot. Have only ever found one sparrow inside the feeder - and have only seen one chook get head caught. It was easily able to pull head out with no ill-effects.
__________________
welshie

Don't worry about what people think...they don't do it very often.
welshie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th April 2012, 02:00 PM   #11
billmckinstry
advanced member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Raglan
Posts: 337
Re: Sparrows in the hen house

The lid makes a lot of noise but has little efect otherwise.
The lid is very light weight and just does not seem to do any damage.

Quite a lot of sparrows will get inside and leave next time the lid opens but this is a fraction of the food loss without the device.

Wished there was a version for chicks. They will grow soon enough I guess but in the mean time we are feeding the "locals" grower crumbs

Biggest problem is Mother with the chicks. We had a raised feeder for her to eat from but she just pulled out what she could for her babies to eat so we had to take this away and she had Starter and now Grower along with the little ones.
billmckinstry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th April 2012, 03:42 PM   #12
josephal
lsb member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Auckland
Posts: 27
Re: Sparrows in the hen house

Sneaky little blighters sparrows are, they get in the smallest cracks. Managed to dispatch two the other day but I get the feeling its a battle I can't win.
josephal is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +12. The time now is 08:24 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.