Hello, do you have any suggestions for managing a coopers hawk problem I am having?
I have a flock of ducks that I raise to sell eggs. They generally free range on a 1 acre pasture during the day that has plenty of cover brush and trees along with some open areas of forage. The hawk killed one duck and enjoyed it's meal. We put the ducks into lock down for two weeks. Two days after we let them back onto their pasture it attempted another attack but we scared it off with only minor injury to a duck. Luckily the ducks were smart enough to hang out in the brush/trees so it didn't have a good straight line to dive at it. I now have my ducks locked up in a 300 square foot pen that is chain link on the sides and top. They can no longer forage for food so they are costing me a lot more in feed and in bedding. Also, they are not able to get to their big pond and have to have little kiddie pools. They are not happy and are letting me know quite loudly anytime we go outside. :) A
Any thoughts as to how to help the hawk move along? Previously we had a pair of Red Shoulder hawks that chased this one away anytime it came near. However the red shoulders did not nest in their usual spot this year.