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Postby fluffybananas » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:56 pm

I have a automatic feeder for my hens but how do I stop Pukeko from feeding also?
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Re: Pukekos

Postby wolga » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:14 pm

Have the Pukekos learned how to operate it ?
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Re: Pukekos

Postby fluffybananas » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:23 pm

Yes the Pukeko are cheeky and have followed what the hens have done.
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Re: Pukekos

Postby tishie11 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:02 pm

Also watch them around your chook house - they steal eggs!
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Re: Pukekos

Postby wolga » Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:02 pm

That's a tricky one ! We have many Pukekos too. But
our roosters chase them away. Maybe try a different location
or feed them some raisins soaked in alcohol. I've heard they
don't come back after eating these.
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Re: Pukekos

Postby fluffybananas » Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:23 am

Thanks I will try the alcoholic raisin idea. Will the hens eat the raisins also?
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Re: Pukekos

Postby Marina » Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:16 am

That's a good question. I'd say they'll try.

Pukekos can be a real pest, not only around poultry but also in the veggie garden. They are not protected like NZ falcons or wekas so if need be they can be eliminated. Pukekos are incredibly intelligent birds with an excellent homing instinct which means relocating them is rarely successful in the long term.
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Re: Pukekos

Postby wolga » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:33 am

Yes! You have to make sure your hens don't eat them.
Otherwise you will have some drunk chooks stumbling around. :?
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Re: Pukekos

Postby nhb » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:11 pm

Put the food out early let the pukekos have a good feed they will be hungry first thing in the morning, then remove it later and let the poultry out later after the removal of the food.
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