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Hawking eyeing my pullets - how long before hawk "gives up"

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I let my pullets free range only when there is someone around hoping that the hawks won't get them. But yesterday I noticed a red tailed hawk sitting on a telephone wire (less than 50 to 75 feet away) and were staring right at my pullets. After a few minutes, the hawk flew away.  Maybe due to the fact we never faced our back to the hawk and pullets.  I didn't put the pullets into the coop because I was afraid while rounding them up the pullets would scatter and that would be it.  Today, I kept the pullets in the run/coop but how long do you think would be enough time to not let the pullets free range so the hawk would hopefully "forget"/"gives up" about my pullets. 


Edited by lissalischicks - 3/17/16 at 7:42pm
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I don't think I'd ever trust them unless I was around. I lost one to a goshawk a few months back and hubby was only metres away in the garage at the time. Yesterday a hawk was sitting on our pool fence checking them out. If it's not that particular bird it will be another.

I have some wire compost bin panels that I've joined horizontally rather than vertically that gives me a movable penned area I can butt up to their gate to give them grass time. I've got some orchard bird netting that I throw over the top and then peg up and over the gate opening so that they are protected from swooping and if a hawk comes I've got time when I hear them panic like yesterday to get out there before he can work out a way in.
Edited by appps - 3/17/16 at 7:50pm

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our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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My husband has been seeing a small hawk (not sure what kind-Coopers hawk?) flying around our yard. Our girls free range all day and the rooster protects them with warning sounds. The mail lady told us today a bald eagle has been also flying nearby, but we haven't seen it. Crossing my fingers there are enough hiding places for the chickens to scurry into :-(
5 hens + 1 Roo: Black Betty (BA), Pokey (BA), Bradley Cooper (GLW), Buffy (BO), Ruby, and Big Red (RIRs).
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5 hens + 1 Roo: Black Betty (BA), Pokey (BA), Bradley Cooper (GLW), Buffy (BO), Ruby, and Big Red (RIRs).
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Jut being outside won't necessarily deter the hawk from swooping down for a meal.

I've read numerous stories about predators attacking within feet of humans.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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