Black Vultures are after my chickens again!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Peach Mom, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. Peach Mom

    Peach Mom Out Of The Brooder

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    Black Vultures have been terrorizing my chickens for days.Has anyone else had this problem? They are staking out the flock and watching for an opportunity. I have had to keep my chickens in from foraging with them this determined. I used to think they only ate dead animals, not so! My first experience was a few years ago.The flock was alarming like crazy and when I went down to see what was wrong I saw something I'll never forget. A huge vulture was on the pasture fence staring down our large, protective Lamancha goat. He was ready to spring on the vulture and the entire flock was huddled behind him. I chased him off with a lot of screaming and a rake raised above my head. This time they may be more hungry as they are super persistent.This morning I ran one off just outside our run on a low branch. Does anyone have tips for running them off? It is against the law to shoot them.
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    They are opportunistic feeders - dead animals are their base fare, yes, but if/when those are in short supply the vultures still have to eat and will turn to hunting - domestic fowl like your flock are among the easier prey. Having a nice run in which you can secure your birds is going to be your best tool to use - confining them for a few days to a week will have the vultures looking elsewhere for a more easily obtained food source. You may have some luck using decoy predators to deter the vultures - whether you opt for mammals or birds of prey....something that makes the "easy" meal look less accessible as there is better equipped competition already on the scene.
     
  3. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    What else can you do? If you allow them to free-range, then they are easy targets for any predator that is in the area. I would build a secure spacious run for them that no predator will be able to break into. Many people who let their flocks free-range end up loosing them to some type of predator or other.
     

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