Originally Posted by Cochins Elite
I live near a national forest and the numbers of hawks is huge I just moved hear a few months ago.
I just read the article on eagles that had good info. It's funny to because I have always admired eagles there so majestic.
when I was a kid I would try to do Eagle calls and I can still do it, sometimes it sounds messed up but a lot of times it is rite on so when all these hawks started coming around eyeing my chickens. I spread my arms wide and gave them my best eagles call and it works but when I'm not around they come back. Anyone have any other suggestions besides the CD trick?
What kind of hawks are prevalent in your area? I've read and found that hawks tend to leave the larger breed chickens alone. I've had hawks come down onto trees and look at my flock but never come all the way down. The last two unsuccessful hawk attacks I had, in both cases the hawks went after juvenile birds, once a ten week old Easter egger and she dived under an evergreen and once at some young Jersey giants who also got under greenery.
I've had roosters stand out in the open screaming a warning while the hens hid.
If you're near a woods hopefully you have trees, shrubbery, decks, plants or other places birds can hide (Covered runs work nicely too.)
People in our area often free range chickens in a pasture with goats or horses or cattle. Having a dog out and nearby can help.
You can also encourage crows and blue jays which annoy hawks,
I've read several articles that call Iowa blue roosters hawk fighters.
Now if only I could find a fool proof way of deterring foxes. They're both sneaky and smart.