chicken hawks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickenchariot, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. chickenchariot

    chickenchariot New Egg

    Feb 22, 2017
    ive lost over thirty chickens to hawks, i now have to keep my chickens in a small pen with the top covered with wire, is there anyway
    to keep the hawks away without standing guard with my 12 guage?
  2. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
  3. chickenchariot

    chickenchariot New Egg

    Feb 22, 2017
    Thanks for the warm welcome, and the
    this is a really cool site, most of my friends eyes glaze over when i talk chickens, it's nice to have folks sharing the passion of poltry.
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under chickenchariot [​IMG] Welcome!

    I am sorry to hear of your losses. CuzChickens has given you some good starting points so I will just wish you all the best in deterring the Hawks.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: ‘Find your State’s thread.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello from Kansas, chickenchariot, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Wow! That's a lot of loss to hawks. I use the shotgun method but just to scare them away and that seems to work for me. I think the covered run may be your only solution with that magnitude of a problem. Good luck to you! [​IMG]
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You can ask for advice on the predators thread but, it seems to me your best bet is to have a lot bigger run. Also cover the run. Deer netting will not work, if a hawk in is full dive, he will tear right through it. If you use a solid cover it will also protect from the elements and add shade in summer. It is against the law to shoot raptors and you can bet that your neighbors would turn you in. Not a good idea.
  7. silkieRaiser

    silkieRaiser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 13, 2016
    Seattle, Washington
    My Coop
    Hope to see you around the forums!!!

    Check the predators thread, im sure you will get lots of help from thos people
  8. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You've already received some good advice so I'll just say hello and best of luck!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by