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Close Encounter of the Areial Type

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Salt and Light, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stinkin' hawk was ALMOST successful in culling one my chicks! I like hawks but I value my chicks just a little more <smile>.

    I want my chicks to have a couple hours of free-time everyday but when can I stop worrying about Mr. Hawk trying to have chicken fricassee? Will a red tail hawk swoop on a 1/2 grown chicken? How about a full-grown bird; are they safe from dive bombing?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No, they are not safe from hawks, even grown. Wish they were! My roosters keep the girls safe with their 'eagle eye' and alarm calls.
     
  3. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    my father says one of the plastic owls will work but my feed guy who is awesome been selling feed his whole life says it won't.

    Unfortunately I can't shoot the hawk, they are protected

    The other day my 8 week old chicks were freeranging and i went in the house (to pee) and I heard the hawk screech barely got my pants up the hawk was sitting in a tree in my yard so now I am afraid to go in the house when they are out ,

    I was going to try making a believable scarecrow.
     
  4. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    i saw hawks chasing full grown 12 pound roosters into a fence. the roo got stuck and the hawks were sitting there eating him.
     
  5. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, chickens are either in the coop/run or else they are fair game for hawks?
     
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  6. Chickaroo!

    Chickaroo! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe you could make a small run that is covered so your babies can still be outside, yet be protected.
    The run for my coop is totally covered. My DH just finished (almost) building a new coop and the run that's going to be attached to that is also going to be totally covered.
     
  7. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicaroo, I already have a covered run (something like 40 sq ft), but I really want them to free-range.

    I've sort of discovered that the hawks are on a morning/evening schedule. They are most prevalent in the AM and tend to be somewhere else in the evening. As such, I will be letting out the birds a couple of hours before dark. Generally, I'm outside with my 3 y/o so hopefully I will be able to hear the screech of an approaching hawk.
     
  8. Chickaroo!

    Chickaroo! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read on here somewhere that you could maybe use old cd's. The shine on them scares the hawks. I almost forgot about that!
     
  9. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    east freetown, ma
    ooh thanks chickaroo I have a ton of scratch dvd's (grandson's rough on them ) I'll try that
     
  10. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Plastic owls don't work b/c the hawks figure out that they're not a threat when they stay in the same place for weeks & weeks.
     

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