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Please help moorhen problem!!!

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BCBG Tue 21-Dec-10 20:12:05

My last hens all died because the wildfowl from next door's pond kept raiding their run, they got lice continuously and respiratory disease one after the other sad.... so, moved new hens right to other side of garden and have a 15' x 9' covered run attached to their hen house plus a fenced off open run for scatching around in. So far so good. Have now got the bloody moorhens back INSIDE the covered run and even had one in the nest box yesterday!!! Any idea how to deter them? The climb fences, are as bold as vultures and the poor girls just huddle in the furthest spot away from them.... I would kill them if I could angry

BCBG Tue 21-Dec-10 20:13:06

blush forgot to say obviously they get into the enclosed run during the day, but if I leave it shut my girls will never get out.....

BeenBeta Tue 21-Dec-10 20:18:24

The moorhens must be coming in to eat the chicken food. They are hungry at this time of year.

I guess the obvious answer is to drape some garden netting over the open uncovered run. It doesn't cost much but you can get 10m x 3m stretches from Homebase.

BCBG Wed 22-Dec-10 19:21:24

Thanks for replying x

Punkatheart Wed 22-Dec-10 21:09:39

Very good advice...the weather is making animals very hungry....so sorry to hear that your last hens died...lice can be nasty. I dust my coop with lice powder and red mite powder...it does help...

UnSerpentQuiCourt Sat 01-Jan-11 12:11:18

Have always seen moorhens as wild and mysterious - am shock at moorhens as bold as vultures! Could you (would you want to) feed them while they are so hungry to keep them away from the chickens?

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