Coopers Hawk In Backyard

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ChooksNQuilts, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. ChooksNQuilts

    ChooksNQuilts Overrun With Chickens

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    I caught a Coopers in the tree bordering my backyard today. It looks like it’s a nesting pair. I only got photos of one.
    I’ve heard a recording of their call which is distinctive and that’s what caused me to look around and see the one in the tree.
    This tree is right above where my chickens dustbathe.
    It’s concerning because my birds free range the whole yard all day.
    However, one neighbor directly behind us is constantly feeding the doves and quail (they’re everywhere!) so hopefully the hawks will find them an easier meal than my chickens. :fl
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    Here’s the tree it was in
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    And here’s where my birds dustbathe:
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    The view from the back deck:
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  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Flock Master

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    A Cooper Hawk is probably your worst nightmare. They are one of the fastest hawks around. They will look for the easies meal that they find. Your chickens are very close and do look delicious to them. ALL hawks are FEDERALLY PROTECTED, so there is not much you can do about it.
    There is a kite that you can purchase and install on a pole. It resembles a raptor bird. I have read on a different thread about it. Person claimed it worked to scare away the hawks by his property. It is legal since it deters by vision. Just cant recall/find the link to the place that sell them. They were about $40 to $50 for the kite. Pole price varied on the length.
    WISHING YOU BEST....................... :highfive:
     
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