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Tweetie Birds in the Chicken Coop
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F14    Posted 01-18-2002 at 05:08:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got a flock of 50-75 "tweetie birds" about the size of starlings, but marked differently, that have decided that my chicken coop is the tweetie-bird equivalent of Dennys. They hit at daylight, swarm in through the chicken doors, crap all over everything, use the watering tub for a bird bath, and eat all the food.

I want my chickens to be able to range and forage, but I can't find a way to keep the dang TBs out. Right now I'm keeping the chickens closed up to keep the TBs out, hoping that perhaps after a week or so of 'Dennys' being closed, they'll move on.

Any suggestions as to how to let the chickens in and out and keep the TBs away gratefully accepted.

Tried the plastic owl thing. Ever heard birds laughing? I'm not opposed to 'mineral supplements' but there's too many of 'em.


Judy in IN    Posted 01-19-2002 at 20:29:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
F14, try feeding your cat in there. I've always had cats that would have their kittens in one of the nest boxes, and raise them alongside the chickens. Makes for a good bird deterrent. Rough if you have chicks, but at this time of year, you shouldn't have any problem. Or, if the birds eat your cat food, hang a heat lamp in there for a week--the cats will love it & stay in there.


F14...No cats    Posted 01-20-2002 at 18:53:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wife's allergic ":^(


Cowboy Joe    Posted 01-19-2002 at 17:58:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
The only Tweetie Birds I see around these parts (Manhattan) are flocks of pigeons.


Alvin-Va    Posted 01-18-2002 at 20:01:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ah hmmm,Tweetie birds in the hen house you say.

Lotsa good ideas been presented here,but seein as how you seem somewhat aginst the use of fararms to rid the biddies domicile of the little feathered interlopers, a more tactfull approach may be in order.

Usta see this BIG ol black cat on the TV thing, think his name be Sylvester.Anyway,this ol cat be one tweetie bird catchin fool,coursin this old lady always made him turn the tweetie bird lose,soon as he ketched em.Now,iffn you could jus get yo hands on this ol cat and figger some way to ditch the old broad wit thu broom,beleive yo bird problems soon be over. Justa a thought.

Nother idea.Down on the next line below yo writen,some fella named Murphy done ketched hiself a big ol real live hootey owl.Now I know fer a fact,tweetie birds is deathly fraid of a real hootey owl,an fo good reason I might add.Now,iffn you was to contact this Murphy feller,an iffn he was any kind of a gentleman at all,which I'm sure he is,he would lone you that big ol owl long enough to rid yo chicken coop of all them pesky tweetie birds.Like to see the spressions on them pesky little tweety birds faces when that bad boy sails in.Probally be kinda like the looks on the faces of them Taliban fellers when the first of them American jet planes peared over the horizon.
There may be a slight problem gitten that big ol owl to concentrate on the tweetie birds an leave them chickens alone.Heres where you gonna have to take charge and come up with a few ideas on yo own.Heck man,I can't be expected to come up with all the answers,after all,they is yo chickens.
Feel free to use either plan and take full credit fo the success,I'd just as soon you left my name outta hit anyway.

Good luck on whatever plan yo chose.

Yo Suthern friend

Alvin


F14...Right neighborly of ya...    Posted 01-19-2002 at 14:36:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Alvin! Howsomever, Ah b'lieve EITHER of your suggestions would involve a fair bit of 'intervention' on my part to keep the solution from becoming the problem. An' frankly, ah jest ain't up ta that much work.

Evahbuddy know's ah'm a yuppie, but whut ah had managed to conceal until jest now, is that ah's a LAZY yuppie...



Alvin-Va    Posted 01-18-2002 at 19:59:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ah hmmm,Tweetie birds in the hen house you say.

Lotsa good ideas been presented here,but seein as how you seem somewhat aginst the use of fararms to rid the biddies domicile of the little feathered interlopers, a more tactfull approach may be in order.

Usta see this BIG ol black cat on the TV thing, think his name be Sylvester.Anyway,this ol cat be one tweetie bird catchin fool,coursin this old lady always made him turn the tweetie bird lose,soon as he ketched em.Now,iffn you could jus get yo hands on this ol cat and figger some way to ditch the old broad wit thu broom,beleive yo bird problems soon be over. Justa a thought.

Nother idea.Down on the next line below yo writen,some fella named Murphy done ketched hiself a big ol real live hootey owl.Now I know fer a fact,tweetie birds is deathly fraid of a real hootey owl,an fo good reason I might add.Now,iffn you was to contact this Murphy feller,an iffn he was any kind of a gentleman at all,which I'm sure he is,he would lone you that big ol owl long enough to rid yo chicken coop of all them pesky tweetie birds.Like to see the spressions on them pesky little tweety birds faces when that bad boy sails in.Probally be kinda like the looks on the faces of them Taliban fellers when the first of them American jet planes peared over the horizon.
There may be a slight problem gitten that big ol owl to concentrate on the tweetie birds an leave them chickens alone.Heres where you gonna have to take charge and come up with a few ideas on yo own.Heck man,I can't be expected to come up with all the answers,after all,they is yo chickens.
Feel free to use either plan and take full credit fo the success,I'd just as soon you left my name outta hit anyway.

Good luck on whatever plan yo chose.

Yo Suthern friend

Alvin


Walt    Posted 01-18-2002 at 11:41:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'd blast them daily until they were gone, the ones not killed would soon decide to go else where, but probably never swarm and crap over all those bird activist's houses and cars.


F14    Posted 01-18-2002 at 13:50:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Somehow, I knew you'd say that ":^)

Actually, I was casting about for a way to do just that, without blowing the snot out of my buildings or ticking off my neighbors (I live in "town" with neighbors 25 yards away on 3 sides)

I was asking my S-i-L if he had a pellet gun, and he said "No, but we used to roust the pigeons out of the warehouse using .22 birdshot." Which reminded me I still got a box or two of that, used it for snake medicine when I lived in South Carolina.

Sooooo, tomorrow may be bird hunting day at Someday Farm...


TB    Posted 01-18-2002 at 10:07:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
You may try hanging A curtain of vinyl strips across the doors so the chicken can walk through and the birds cant fly through.


F14....Hmmmmmm    Posted 01-18-2002 at 11:15:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
That just might work. Providing the chickens aren't too stupid to figure it out...

I'll play with that idea, and let ya know how it works out. Thanks!


Salmoneye    Posted 01-18-2002 at 05:19:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like Cedar Waxwings.

Do they look like a scaled down Jay with grey colouring and there is little variance in the colours between male and female?

If so...they should move on in a day or so after the food is shut off...


F14...I checked my Peterson's    Posted 01-18-2002 at 07:24:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Definitely NOT Cedar Waxwings. I can't find the exact bird, but very similar to the European Starling in winter plumage, except the belly is solid dull grey. Also, these potlickers have been bothering me since mid-summer, and are still the same color. Never looked anything like the Starling's summer plumage in the book.


8NTX    Posted 01-18-2002 at 08:40:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds kinda like a cliff swallow from your description. I assume you are up north somewhere. They come to Texas in the summer and build mud nests under the overpasses. Millions of 'em near our place.


F14    Posted 01-18-2002 at 09:12:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm in Maine. I looked at some of the swallows, and there are similarities, but none of them are shown as having ranges that cover this area.

But then, maybe they can't read maps...


F14    Posted 01-18-2002 at 06:59:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dull, mousey brown, grayish chest, white speckles on head, back and wings. Either I've got all males, all females, or there is no discernable difference between the two.

I sure hope you're right about them moving on. I'm getting tired of feeding the little freeloaders, and I worry about disease.


Salmoneye    Posted 01-18-2002 at 07:20:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like Waxwings.

I have lots of Pincherry trees and cedars and they show every winter about this time and swarm. They will stay till all the cherries and cedar berries are gone and then move on as a flock. Usually 2-3 days. I have had as many as 150 at once (darn hard to count em too!).
Noisey, but fun to watch. Have never heard anything bad about them carrying disease, but I do not 'know' that...


F14...And that's another thing...    Posted 01-18-2002 at 07:26:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't recall ever hearing a peep out of them. Next time the Grumpasaurus catches one, I'll take a picture.


Salmoneye    Posted 01-18-2002 at 10:38:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Huh.

Don't know what the heck it could be then.
I am in VT and very seldom get any 'flocks' of anything much over 30 birds other than Waxwings, especially in summer.
Please do get us a pic next time you accidently find one dead...

;-)


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