I have backyard chickens that I free range and I just started using a radio (sometimes music and sometimes talk radio) to deter hawks in my area. I started about a month ago and it seems to be working?
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I know it seems odd, but all my hawk attacks happened in the winter. Now that it is summer, I haven't seen a hawk in months. I can leave my girls outside while I am up at the house about 200 ft away.
Now that we have the welcomes out of our way, any time that a hawk and a chicken attempt to share the same piece of real estate is when you should expect a hawk attack. That said, in the Winter when the woods are full of new, this years, or teenage hawks looking for easy pickings MAY be a more opportune time for hawks to seek out a chicken dinner.
As for myself I have had hawk attacks at all times of the year and the worst time of day seems to be when the Sun is up. When the Sun sets the hawks punch out and then the Great Horned Owls clock in.
It is all part of Maw Nature's plan to make life interesting for the chickens and their keepers.
Edited by chickengeorgeto - 8/30/16 at 9:29am
Hawks are sight hunters, so they only hunt daylight hours.
Down south, we have more hawks in winter because of all the hawks up north winter down here. That is why you see more and bigger hawks in warmer climates during winter.
Harassing hawks, scaring them, is legal. Killing them is not unless you get a depredation permit, which is hard to get.
Only real 100% solution is a covered run. The top doesnt have to be very strong to deter hawks, poultry netting will work. But it wont stop raccoons, which is another thread.
Deterents, not 100%:
Shiny stuff strung from the trees and on fishing line strung between trees. Confuses the hawks, doesnt let them get a good view of your birds.
A great horned owl "decoy" in plain view. You have to move it around from day to day, having one that moves with the breeze is even better. Hawks and owls are enemies, owls will kill a hawk if they catch them on the roost at night.
Lots of good cover for them to hide under. Shrubs, low trees, lawn furniture, etc..
A good mature rooster. Helps guard his hens, might even "sacrifice" himself or fight off a smaller hawk.