Are chickens afraid of plastic owls?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Moochie, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. Moochie

    Moochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are these horrible neighborhood birds that come in and eat the feed when the girls aren't at the feeder! I try to chase them away but they come back! I have chicken watch dog and he doesn't chase these little nasties away! He's too busy eating droppings from the chickens. So instead of chasing these monsters with a stick I got a plastic owl from a botanical garden. I put it near the feeder up high on top of this thing my mom got to grow herbs in. I haven't seen any pesky birds [​IMG]
    But... I have noticed that the chickens are cautious when they eat at the feeder. They're free range so I keep the feeder in the yard near the garden (big mistake haha see another thread i will post soon). One of my hens makes a clucking noise and that puts the rest in a panic and they flee usually. I moved the feeder but those birds came back! Aaargh! >[​IMG]
    I moved the feeder back and no more birds, but very nervous chickens. They're still eating but they're not into the feeder that much as they used to.
    Then today I bumped into the herb thing and the owl fell. It scared the chickens soo bad they made so much noise and flew clear across the yard. I tried to comfort them but they ran away from me... What can I do? About the owl and these birds.
     
  2. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Owls eat chickens, too, so they're afraid of it. You might try hanging glittery ribbons, old CDs, etc in the breeze.
     
  3. Moochie

    Moochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My mom did that with her plants it didn't work [​IMG] The birds out here are smart with that sorta stuff. My used to use old christmas decor and cds. They've never seen an owl though is it just natural for them? Well there are burrowng owls out here but they're pretty small...
     

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