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Tweety Birds in the Henhouse
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F14    Posted 06-23-2001 at 14:15:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
For the last couple of weeks, when I go down in the evening to collect eggs, there have been tweety birds in the henhouse. Musta been 30 of 'em tonight. Kind of a dull grayish-brown all over, about the size of a robin. Dunno what they are, or why they've settled in my henhouse.

They go nuts when I open the door, some fly out the door, some fly out the chicken hatches, some just ping off the walls. Grump mananged to catch one tonight, ate it toenails, beak and all. Maybe the survivors will spread the word...

Can't see a way to keep 'em out without blocking off the chickens too. Anybody aware of any disease problems that might result, or any other reason I should be particularly worried about it?

Dreamweaver    Posted 06-25-2001 at 15:23:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've check all my bird books, F14, and I can't find the "tweety" variety anywhere. Can you elaborate a little more? I have tweety-bird short overalls, but it's that little bald yellow birdie that Sylverster is always after, heehee....

Finally...    Posted 06-25-2001 at 16:09:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was WAITING for someone to get a case of the wisenhiemer over that... ":^)

After studying the Peterson guide, I'm thinking they're female cowbirds. Oddly enough they haven't been back since The Grumpasaurus ate one of 'em.


Robert in W. Mi.    Posted 06-26-2001 at 14:23:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm haveing a hard time figureing out what good, cow birds do on this earth???
They don't make a nest, they kick out the eggs of other birds, and lay their eggs in THAT nest. Then the other bird raises their young.
I've seen then even kick out a young baby bird, and lay their eggs in that nest.
We shoot them here!!

Spence    Posted 06-24-2001 at 05:47:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Put a cam-corder in a box to see what the attraction is.
Hope they're not starlings, otherwise you've
got your hands full.

F14    Posted 06-24-2001 at 06:05:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nope, definitely not starlings. Them, I can identify. Camcorder would be a good idea, if I had one. I suspect they're scarfing the chicken food.

Frick and Frack on the Farm    Posted 06-23-2001 at 18:09:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like the rare yellow toungued buff gray robin. Wives tales here in Missouri tell of this bird sucking the yokes from freshly laid eggs. Thats how it got its yellow toungue.

If they are not one of those rare birds I have absolutely no idea what they are. If Grump liked the one he (she) caught think of the food bill reduction if you just leave Grump in the chicken coop.

Sorry I wasn't more help.

PAIGE    Posted 07-02-2004 at 10:05:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]

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F14    Posted 06-24-2001 at 04:00:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, we'll go on the assumption that no news is good news.

As to leaving Grump in the henhouse, she'd be fine as far as the hens are concerned, but my egg count would drop to approximately zero. That's her only bad habit, she's a wicked egg thief. She'll drop 'em if I catch her, but if not, she eats 'em shell and all.

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