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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Berynn, Nov 28, 2007.
I lost two, two monthold chicks to a halk. Can a halk kill a full grown chicken?:
Berynn, based on the number of posts you have regarding predators and losses, you might want to reinforce your pens and runs ASAP.
Here are other threads with advice on this.
Hawks are notorious for taking chickens.
I lost a full grown chicken to hawk I wasted no time in covering my run. I don't ever want to see that agian!
This is my first time having chickens. So far I lost one tw day old chick, the second day I had it, then I lost one last week I thought that my lab got it. but now I'm not that sure. and I lost two yesterday.
The mistake that I am making is wanting them to have more freedom. I have a great coop and it is fenced in with 3/4 inch chicken wire. We like to play with them in the yard. I have two that are maybe six months old. I let them roam. and at night they go back to their coop. Is that a bad idea. I will never let my babies free range again. They are two months old now. I am just uncertain about the six month old hens. The man at the feed store told me that hawlks usually wont take a full grown hen. Is that true
Chicken wire is going to do nothing to stop anything from getting in. I recommend 1x2 welded wire fencing at least 5 feet high (so you can go in without stooping much) reinforced with 1/2 inch hardware cloth up to 2 or 3 feet. and cover your run.
The man at the feed store told me that hawlks usually wont take a full grown hen. Is that true
No, it is not true.
I'm sorry I didn't mean to write chicken wire I meant to write 3/4 inch chicken fence, some one on this site also said to use shiny abjects that hawks don't like shiny stiff, today I am going to put aluminum pie pans around the top of the coop