Chicken Problem Solved

Chicken Problem Solved

February 28, 2018 - 6:34pm -- Laura Crawford

Lake Ridge has had a chicken problem since the first of the school year. The neighbors have several chickens which they allow to free range. One of their favorite places to head was Lake Ridge's school grounds. They especially liked visiting our ground feeder and chasing away the wild birds. We have been rationing our ground feed to one scoop a day. The chickens had become very distructive on the slope between the school grounds and the house with the chickens. The district maintainence people were called in to help. They repaired the damage on the slope and covered it with bark dust again. We thought we might have to stop feeding birds, but a solution was found. The district maintainence department installed chicken wire along the bottom of the fence around our school grounds where the chickens could get through and our class got a new platform feeder to hang in a tree which has replaced our ground feeder. Since the changes have been made, no chickens have been sighted on the school grounds. The only said part of the solution is we have not had any quail visiting our feeders either, and they were really fun to watch.Other news at our feeders is that the red-winged black birds had arrived in large numbers and the number of mourning doves has also increased.

Laura Crawford, Grade 5
Nampa, Idaho USA

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