A Hawk Is Killing Our Chickens. What should I do?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Nan5634, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. fasbendera

    fasbendera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All birds of prey are protected and the fine for shooting them would make your toes curl. I saw a post on here where someone pounded rebar posts into their run they looked to be about 6' and had shiny streamers at the top. I can't remember the distance apart but they weren't real close. Type in Hawk in the search area and see what posts come up for more ideas, that is what I do.

    We also have a abundance of hawks living on a river bluff and surrounded by a woods. No netting on the run because is is so big. Once our birds get to a certain size the hawks leave them alone. For a smaller bird like a silkie you may not get to that point and then it would just be survival of the smartest I am afraid. Do silkies have feathers that limit their vision like polish? I so maybe a little trim to help them see the incoming hawk would help. My hens 24 (6 bantams) scatter into the bushes and I haven't lost another bird since July. I have kept the younger hens penned up until they get to a size I deem the hawks can't carry away. They seem less likely to attack a bird they can't fly off with but this by no means a a 100% guarantee just my experience over the past 4 years. Good Luck. I will look for that post link and if I find it I will send you the link.
     
  2. fasbendera

    fasbendera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Post #26. I have to bookmark that in case my current Method doesn't work
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:From my experience, these do not work.
     
  4. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    I have a Great Horned Owl decoy. We had a good laugh when we put it up & the sparrows used it for a perch!
     
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  5. RevaVirginia

    RevaVirginia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Maybe it has to animate somehow? I have one if you tilt the head back it says "GET YOUR HANDS OUT OF MY COOKIE JAR"
     
  6. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    [​IMG] Oooh, yeah, THAT would scare off even the biggest hawks!
     
  7. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    The head spins in the wind on my owl decoy. Great carnival ride for sparrows!
     
  8. HippieChickens

    HippieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine just gets ignored. I got it because the robin's were pecking at my fruit on my trees. No reaction what-so-ever. So I went back to netting my trees.
     
  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    There are houses in a near town, these houses are side by side...and I mean right smack dab next to one another. One house has 4 owl decoys on their roof to keep the pigeons from perching there. It works! The house next to it has so many pigeons on it, it looks like a day at the pigeon beach. I've always wondered why those pigeons feel safe right next door to the owl covered roof but will not perch there. [​IMG]

    I guess pigeons are just not too bright, huh? I've never tried the owl thingy either, but I've heard others say it works.
     

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