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post #41 of 49
Makes sense! I also heard that white birds were less of a target because they don't look like their natural food. "Striped" birds were in the "most likely to get picked off" category.

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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post #42 of 49
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Originally Posted by Bridebeliever View Post

Makes sense! I also heard that white birds were less of a target because they don't look like their natural food. "Striped" birds were in the "most likely to get picked off" category.

My experience has been opposite of your post.  In fact I attended a seminar where a falconer advised using a white pigeon or pullet to bait hawks so that you can get a close up view.  I must advise that it works.

Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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post #43 of 49

Black or dark birds hawks won't touch unless they are in open view and they are starving

post #44 of 49

Please join my fin thread about guessing birds. I am trying to make this one a winner

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1072913/guess-the-bird

post #45 of 49

I followed the link you posted but didn't see any mention of a hawk deterrent product... what is it? I had same problem - Red Tail. Glad my Border Collie happened to be in the yard!

Looking for suggestions too!

post #46 of 49
There is a lot truth in using black chickens among your flock. The reason being is that crows and ravens do not tolerate hawks in their territories and will aggressively chase and fight hawks. The Hawks confuse the black chickens for crows and will leave the flock alone. I know some people see crows as a nuisance and pest, but around our flock they are welcome guests. The small amount of feed they eat is a small price to pay for keeping the Hawks at bay
post #47 of 49
I had 8 young chickens in my front yard. ..4 sillies 4 mixed....I have 1 sillie left post hawk... :'(
post #48 of 49
I lost 2 of my 3 hens yesterday after rehoming my aggressive Rooster 2 weeks ago. Regretting the move now. Heartbroken.
post #49 of 49
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Originally Posted by neecy22 View Post

I lost 2 of my 3 hens yesterday after rehoming my aggressive Rooster 2 weeks ago. Regretting the move now. Heartbroken.

Roosters are like early warning systems for your hens. They constantly watch the skies and suroundings for danger and have superb eyesight. At any sign of a large bird that may possibly be predatory, they let out a loud warning cry and all the hens will dash for cover.
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