Cooper Hawk stalking my chickens!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JustMandy, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. JustMandy

    JustMandy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2010
    This morning there was a Cooper Hawk (I'm almost positive) on the top beem of the run! [​IMG]

    I only have it covered with cheep black netting. We are moving so I don't want to change it. Will it try to get through the netting. WIll it get tagled and frustrated and go away? Will is get tangled and fall into the run???? [​IMG] AGAIN!!!

    How dangerous is a Cooper Hawk to full grown full sized chickens?
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    A Coopers is one of the smaller hawks, but I have found once they find the all-you-can-eat buffet in my backyard, they are hard to get rid of. Do you have only chickens?
    Some people find guineas, and peafowl, and dogs are a good deterrent.
    Good luck!
  3. JustMandy

    JustMandy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2010
    Yep, just chickens in the city. I have a pug...he's not going to do much more than be a presance in the yard...but he's not out there all that often.
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    I've had lots of Cooper's Hawks kill my pigeons, while they completely ignore the chickens.

    If your birds are full sized, and grown, I wouldn't worry
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2011
  5. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    They will get tangled in the netting and either fly away or you will have to help him out.

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