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Was just wondering, I have a lot of Owls around, and there's times that I don't get home in time to lock my chickens up. Would a red light help keep them away???

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I don't know about a red light repelling owls, but some sort of netting or strings over the run would give them pause about flying into somewhere they cannot escape.

 

Chris

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Thanks ,barnie.gif 20 views and one reply??? lol

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by the time the owls come out the chickens are in their coop sleeping aren't they?

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I have a great idea for you. Set a live trap. Catch the owls and ship them to me please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such a huge rabbit problem that I'd pay good money for some owls!

Loving my poultry. Have Guineas as well!

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Loving my poultry. Have Guineas as well!

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by the time the owls come out the chickens are in their coop sleeping aren't they?

I wish, they're in the coop, but not asleep :(

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I have a great idea for you. Set a live trap. Catch the owls and ship them to me please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such a huge rabbit problem that I'd pay good money for some owls!

Is that legal? If so sounds like a plan to me, if not we'll keep it on the DL, lolthumbsup.gif

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There's plenty around these parts, when I Turkey hunt, thats what I use mostly for my locator call. Whoo cooks for you, lol

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There's plenty around these parts, when I Turkey hunt, thats what I use mostly for my locator call. Whoo cooks for you, lol

 

That brings back memories!  Who, who. Who cooks for you?

 

Owls don't usually bother grown chickens but might go after them if other food is not available.  Definitely cover your run with wire to prevent any type of predators from flying or climbing in.  I have plenty of hawks and owls around my place but it's the ground varmits that cause the most problems for me.  They'll dig, chew, claw their way in if at all possible.

Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 2 horses, 4 cockatiels, 2 parakeets,  1 Blue Front Amazon, 1 Yellow Head Amazon, 4 cockatiels, two parakeets, 1 eccentric peacock, 1 gsd, 1 pet terrapin, 1 Blue Copper Maran rooster, and 10 world famous Jersey Giants! New to the group is 3 Black Marans  chicks and one unidentified chick.

 

 

Stan the Man will be missed.

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Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 2 horses, 4 cockatiels, 2 parakeets,  1 Blue Front Amazon, 1 Yellow Head Amazon, 4 cockatiels, two parakeets, 1 eccentric peacock, 1 gsd, 1 pet terrapin, 1 Blue Copper Maran rooster, and 10 world famous Jersey Giants! New to the group is 3 Black Marans  chicks and one unidentified chick.

 

 

Stan the Man will be missed.

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post #10 of 18

Have you ever had a problem with an owl getting one of your chickens?  We have Barred Owls here (who cooks for you?) and the chickens go to bed before the owls come out.  

 

The spring they had babies here (adorable!) we did see them out in the early evening and late morning, but they were after toads and mice, not chickens.

 

What kind of owls do you have?  I suppose a great horned owl would be big enough, but in general I'd think a full grown chicken would be too big for the average owl to bother with.

 

-Wendy

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