24 Hours Exactly - Hawks

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by FrontPorchIndiana, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    We've seen hawks circle around way up high for the past two years we've lived here. So we built the coop and run accordingly. My son and I just finished putting up the bird netting on top of the run yesterday at noon. The chickens are thrilled to have all the space.

    Today, at noon, I was out working on the bachelor coop and here come two HUGE hawks way down low enough to say "Pardon us, we'd like to make a dinner reservation." So for those of you wondering about whether or not you need something on top of your run... it depends on if you want to keep your chickens longer than 24 hours! I'm starting to worry we should have put up something even stronger. [​IMG]
  2. A tough decision but I know what you mean about hawks. Some, like the sparrow hawk, will sit on a post by a net, figuring how to get through. They're even capable of grabbing through an opening like a raccoon would. I heard about a run (but haven't seen it) which has 2 layers of used fishing net over it. You don't have climbers like raccoons, weasels and possums do you?
  3. chickensista

    chickensista Songster

    Feb 23, 2008
    Yep, I just lost one to a red tail hawk today. [​IMG] I put up netting last fall, but a heavy snow brought it down. I've been lucky until now. I did have some lines criss-crossing the run as a hopeful deterrent. Didn't work.

    Good thing you're on the ball. I'm going to have to find the wire/netting that stands up in heavy snow.

    Good luck with the hawks.
  4. slickchick

    slickchick Songster

    Jul 2, 2007
    Mertztown, Pa
    does anyone know of a deterrent for the hawks? how about one of those fake owls on top of the coop? what are they afraid of? Does anyone know?
  5. melissastraka

    melissastraka Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    A Gun!!!!!
  6. slickchick

    slickchick Songster

    Jul 2, 2007
    Mertztown, Pa
    good answer. we are covering our run partially, but the new part will be uncovered...I'm kinda worried! anyone? any ideas?
  7. A goose. [​IMG] Seriously. I keep 2 of my extra ganders outside 24/7 from the spring to the fall, and I havent had a hawk attack since.
  8. slickchick

    slickchick Songster

    Jul 2, 2007
    Mertztown, Pa
    I don't know anything about geese!! lol....how about ducks?? we have 2 wild ones that hang out near the coop...
  9. Renee

    Renee Songster

    May 7, 2008
    We are so lucky here.

    We have Red-tails, Coopers, Sharp-shinned, Merlins, Red-Shouldered and Kestrels on a regular basis, but no one in our neighborhood has ever lost a chicken to a hawk.

    Perhaps there is so much easy prey around that they don't bother with the chickens.

    No one has chicks, though, and I imagine the chicks might be too much for any self-respecting hawk or raven to pass by.
  10. Faverolle

    Faverolle Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    Quote:Are you sure they were hawks and not turkey vultures? Either way its time to migrate so over the next couple weeks you may see more then usual.

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