Help!!! Magpies traumatising the chooks.

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  1. Owlonthewing

    Owlonthewing Member Premium Member

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    Can anyone come up with suggestions to help our poor chooks. The local magpies are harassing the poor girls.
    As soon as I let the chooks out the magpies swoop down and snap their beaks at the chooks. Often making contact.
    The poor chooks now won't come out of their pen or otherwise they make a mad dash one at a time along the fence line to the other end of the yard where there is a few things they can hide under.
    They are losing their feathers and look so sad. They have gone off the lay.
    Any suggestions would be great.
     
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    stevo Backyard Farmer Premium Member GOLD

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    Create more sheltered areas, trees, chicken wire roofs and walls to interupt the flight paths of the magpies? More safe spots for the chickens etc?
     
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    Put up bird mesh which is white knitted fabric mesh.
    Drive steel posts (star pickets) into the ground to stretch the mesh across so that some of the width dangles down the side to act like a bit of a short curtain.
    Shoot the magpies with small stones from a shangii purchased from elcheapo stores.
    Dive bombing is a learned bullying technique so the magpie family has their territory to themselves.
    Families get on just as well when none of the adults engage in that practise.
    All this crap about this being a natural behaviour of these birds & we should leave them alone to do it is absolute s#@!*&t at best.
    I dealt with it permanently at my place many years ago. Now the magpie family lives a restful, gentle, comfortable life without those testosterone driven behaviours to disrupt them or me.

    However, regarding your chooks, perhaps they are going off the lay & loosing feathers because it is moulting season anyway. Perhaps since they are now looking all ratty, the nesting magpies don't recognise them as the usual inhabitants of the yard.
     
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    ahh I hadn't thought of that. Thanks ClissAT It makes sense because the hens look completely different.
    I put some wire mesh up with some star pickets, Hopefully this will deter the maggies.
    I cleaned out their pen and made them as comfy as I could. I added some herbs to their nesting boxes and gave them some extra greens as they have not ventured out for a fresh pick for a while.
     
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