aerial attack deterrent

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by panner123, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I have noticed that many are having hawks attacking their chickens. One way to slow these attacks down is a simple one. String CDs above the run. For some reason as the CDs move in the wind, the hawks and other birds of prey shy away. This is by no means 100%, but it will cut your loses way down. I have used this method for many years and have had only a handful of attacks. I can sit on the porch and watch the hawks checking out my chickens. As they start for the run the CDs will move and the sun light will shine on them. When the hawk sees this they leave. Something so simple seems to work, most of the time.
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It does work in the pens. I can't do that over my 2500 sf pen, but the smaller ones do have CD's dangling and swinging in the wind, throwing reflections all over. I use the neon colored mason's line rather than fishing line. It's very tough and lasts a long time.
  4. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    [​IMG] In the old days, aluminum foil pie pans did the trick.
  5. Bobby Joe

    Bobby Joe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2010
    Thanks so much for the CD and neon line tip I am getting ready to expand my run and just didnt feel good about leaving it open. My Dad and I discussed the line but didnt know if this would work, the CD thing is genius. Thanks again...
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Here is a pic from a few years ago when I had small pens in the front of the coop. I don't have these pens anymore since we moved pens to the back of the coops and expanded them much too big to easily string line for CD's, but this is the way we hang them. They have to be replaced on occasion when they lost their shiny quality, but it's really easy to do.

  7. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2010
    Bat Cave, NC
    Most of my runs are covered but 1 large one isn't....since I have Silkies, they can't really see when a hawk approaches.....I bought half a dozen beach umbrellas from Big Lots last year ($8 each) and placed them in the run.....only extended the umbrella to about 2 ft off the ground. I guess it prevents the hawks from having room to "dive", and it certainly gives the Silkies a place to hide...
  8. MarieNC

    MarieNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    Quote:This is a really good idea! I have a covered run but there is a small fenced in area right outside the run I'd like to let the girls forage around in (supervised, of course) once in awhile but I am very concerned about aerial assaults as we have many hawks in the area. Wouldn't want anything to happen to any of my girls!
  9. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    Quote:It looks like Bahama Mama...I've seen it. [​IMG] It's a brilliant idea and I'm getting ready to put mine up, along with CD's. I did find heavy netting at a reasonable price but putting it up will be a huge job. I'm going to try the umbrellas and CD's first.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2011
  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    So, umm, what if we don't have a run? [​IMG]

    I'm fine though. . .

    It's a great idea, and if I had a run, I'd certainly use it. I've heard quite a few people using this method.

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