Originally Posted by stake
I have fishing line over the runs which should keep most hawks from flying in...however, the second incursion was a hawk who was willing to fly in and go under a bush...and would fly into a run (unless totally covered, with the chooks trapped inside).....if a hawk wants a chook that bad and lands on the ground,...they can swap paint with the roos....I plan or planting more bushes around for the girls to hide under,,,its the best defense....second is a good roo or two...
wow..you have some serious hawk issues...is it something in the water??..geesh, that is very bold! Yeah, i totally agree..a good rooster & more coverage sounds like good plan. For what it's worth, I really hope they find somewhere else to harass soon, you & your birds deserve a break!
I am using that plastic netting over the chooks run. It works for me, but then there isn't an enormous amount of run. I also do it to help keep the tweety birds away... They do get out to free-range here & there, but always under supervision. This time of year is hard, not too much for me to be out there for, but the spring & summer they get out quite a bit..we are always outside.
Originally Posted by Blarneyeggs We did our big downsize on the 24th, no one free ranges anymore. We plan to start a new flock from our remaining breeders and downsize the rest in the spring. I'm not sure what to do about Popcorn, I don't know how to let her go.