So a couple of weeks ago I realized that I had a predator problem. A couple of days later I found out it was a hawk. Seems to enjoy coming every few days around 8:15 for a snack. 2 chicks down I knew I had to do something. I have a roughly 12x60 pen that they have had since early spring to run around in but its uncovered. The shape of the pen makes it near impossible to use any deer netting or even the large 25x25 bird netting. Its not an odd shape and its on a slope. So reading another post I read about using twine. My pen is half t posts and half cedar posts that stick out 8ft in the air. So i have wrapped twine around the posts and basically made a huge mess over my pen.
There are still gaps of maybe a foot and a half at most in a few places. But thats the largest. Would a hawk be brave enough to fly down into something that size where theres really no guarantee that he will be able to get back out? I have a 10x10x6 dog kennel that i plan to combine with another 10x10x6 kennel and use for their future pen but waiting for a deal on craigslist is leaving my flock vulnerable. On a side note it is a smaller hawk...his wingspan is maybe 2 1/2 feet at most. He seems to only be targeting my chicks that are between 5-8 weeks old. The 6 month olds are ignored.