Published on February 04, 2013 by Henny Penny in Penny's Posts
I was so annoyed by the cheeky crows pinching my fresh eggs while they were still warm that I decided to come up with something to deter them. I know scarecrows have been in existence for centuries, but I didn't have the items to hand or the time to build one of those. Instead I tied a long piece of 'cling-wrap' (the kind used in warehouses and factories to wrap things up prior to shipping) on one of the fence posts next to my hen house.
It's pretty exposed where we live so relying on the wind to blow is a fairly safe bet. And boy has it been windy of late, especially since the snow has gone. The cling-wrap has been doing its thing, flapping about like mad and making a nicely erratic noise into the bargain. Fingers crossed this does seem to have deterred the crows - I've only seen them there once over the past 3 days. Obviously on those rare days when there's no wind it's not going to work, but as we're still in winter I would expect it to be of some use most days for the next few months.
Anyway, I'm watching it carefully to see if it continues to deter these pests. My chickens don't seem to mind it at all, so that's not a problem. If you fancy trying something like this yourself and don't have access to any cling-wrap, you could simply cut some black bin bags or old supermarket bags into long strips and tie them together. This will create a long strip of light material which will blow about and make some noise.
Please post a comment to let me know how you get on, or any other suggestions that work well for you. And finally, don't forget to tie them together tightly as we certainly don't want to litter the countryside with carrier bags!
Tags: hen house, crows, scarecrow, chickens, pests, cling-wrap
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