Originally Posted by stake
Yeah Fisher, hawks are a pain...and I have alot of them...I think the strategy is to build alot of thickets for the birds to hang under....and plants that stay bushed out all winter long....I am moving an English laurel from my front yard to back....I may get a couple of pines or holly trees going too....fortunately my dogs have chased the foxes a couple of times so they give me wide berth.....
I also had another idea....find a supply of road kill and make a spot for the hawks to feed away from the chooks...probably not doable in my neighborhood but still working on it....
Like the ideas, especially the road kill distraction... but bet the neighbors may not be as understanding... LOL
I've wondered about windmill type structures, tall towers or pole with streamers tied to the blades to create noise or motion to bother uninvited birds.... even something like those old fashioned clothes line spinner things set up to turn with the breeze. I am lucky about having lots of trees around our place, but still have a number of places we deliberately leave open or set up to allow for hiding spots for the birds. Our dogs also do a good job with deterring 4 footed critters, but still a worry. I don't think there is a perfect answer, allowing chickens to range in the yard and do 'chicken ' stuff is both risky and rewarding.
Edited by fisherlady - 11/27/13 at 8:22pm