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Does anybody know of a good way to stop magpies from going into the henhouse and eating the eggs. My hens are free ranging so are not under any cover such as wire netting

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Catch one and hang it up on the hen house

Monday, May 8th, 2017

That's a last resort for me as it means killing something. anyone ever used Scarybird or know where I would be able to get it or if its any good

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Put a curtain of black landscape fabric on the door of the nest box, hens will get through, magpies and crows won't, that will stop hens eating eggs as well .

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Have not heard that one before. will try that out thanks

Monday, May 8th, 2017

i put a cloth hanging over the coop pop hole, hens will go in but wild birds think its a trap.

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Put up a sign. NO ENTRY MAGPIE OR GREY CROW. Ir will be as effective as the dangling sheet of fabric. 😀

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

You can get a plastic falcon or buzzard that looks very life like they keep everything away. Click the bird control and pest scares link on this site, it's the first under irishfowl shop

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

hanging cloth works for me , never had a crow or magpie go into coop.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

I agree with pearl,
I have a cloth hung up and birds never,
Get in to get the eggs.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Those plastic falcons / hawks are a waste of time and money , ours was so useless it was soon renamed the shitehawk , all it kept away was pigeons and they weren't a problem anyway .

murt from wexford
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

I tried everything, and I mean everything to keep jackdaws out of the chickens house, putting cloth over the pop hole , shooting and hanging up the dead birds next to the door,nothing stopped them so I eventually put top netting over the entire run. Even then they found a couple of places where they could get their head in and squeeze the rest of themselves in. I know it's not possible for everyone to do this , but it was the only solution.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Must be year of the magpie. Had them taking every egg and chicks from broody boxes. Set up larsen and caught 11 in a week. Hung them on string round the pens and so far so good.

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Same story here AN. I've dispatched dozens of magpies since the start of the year and they keep coming. Every poultry owner should have a Larsen operating 24/7

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

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