Do the plastic owls help prevent any predators/Scare the chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kuntrychick, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    I haven't put up my plastic owl that I had on a post at the garden to keep the birds from eating my veggies. I was wondering if it could be put out there at the chicken coop or if it would deter any predators. Would it scare the chickens?
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    I've heard that they are not effective and they don't scare the chickens.
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I can't even imagine why a motionless chunk of plastic that looks vaguely like an owl would fool any bird.
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    They fool pigeons! [​IMG]
  5. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    I bought one. I couldn't tell it did anything! [​IMG]
  6. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    I have one. It has never scared the chickens. There is an occasional wild animal who might not have passed through before and see its silhouette in the night if prominently placed which it could deter; however, most predators know the difference. The ones with the moving head do best in this regard.

    I like to say, I employ all defenses.
  7. Moonkit

    Moonkit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2011
    Richardson, Texas
    The cockeral I had to rehome attacked our fake owl to show it who was boss. [​IMG]
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    They can actually attract crows.
    They were first made to sell to hunters

    The Fighting setup, which is by far the most popular, attempts to simulate a situation where the crows are in conflict with something, either a raptor such as an owl or hawk, or even other crows.

    Here is where the crow hunter gets to use his "Ace in the Hole", the owl decoy. Crows attack and chase all raptors, but have a special hatred for the Great Horned Owl.​
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2011
  9. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I bought one. Found a crow roosting on it the second day. Oh well. [​IMG]
  10. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Not unless you can fix them so they will move otherwise it is just a statue--you know what pigeons do to statues.

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