Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by thewobsers, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. thewobsers

    thewobsers Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    near toledo ohio
    This morning i was going into the chicken run to give the gang their scratch when everyone (normally right up at the door to greet me)
    ran, flew a swarping and hollarin up a storm.
    There was a young hawk just landed on the fence post about 3 feet from me.. The only thing between it and the chickens was top flight netting.
    The hawk realized it couldnt get the chickens and saw me with my eyes shooting fire in its general direction and hollaring at it decided to leave the area. It went back to the woods behind our house.
    So, i am wondering.
    Can a hawk or eagle or owl get thru the netting to get a free meal?
    we have all 3 of those predators out here.
    never saw any near our coop area til now, maybe just timing.
    thanks for any input
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    No. It's more likely going to get tangled and harm itself. Raccoons and other predators can rip right through it though
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    They won't likely get through it, but can still cause damage to your birds. They flush the birds and force them to fly and break their necks. Or if they're really talented, they catch em mid-air and take the head clean off. I've seen both attacks on our pheasant flight pens.

    With chickens, they are not so easily flushed and typically run into a sheltered area - so they may be ok. I have fish nautical netting on one of my old pens and a hawk bounced off of it several times before he gave up. Didn't get anything and all chickens ran for the coop.

  4. warcard

    warcard Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    SE Indiana
    Pretty sure the answer is no. Neighbor girl said she saw a hawk on top on my baby pen trying to move the netting. The netting is fine, the *&^%$ guinea baby who stuck its head out of the chicken wire isn't [​IMG] . My main problem is exactly that, idiot birds who run to the other side of the pen, stick their heads out, and get stuck, then the hawk comes over and has a nice meal.
  5. thewobsers

    thewobsers Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    near toledo ohio
    ok thanks for the info,
    our chicken run is 6 feet tall in spots so hopefully the chickens choose to hide rather than fly up.

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