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Does the crowing scare em or call em?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by I have WHAT in my yard?, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    We never had hawks around here, but now we do. Lots of hawks.

    Does the roo crowing scare the predators or draw them??
  2. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    idk but i would like too [​IMG]
  3. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Crowing is more of an alert, not a scare tactic. Hawks will generally hunt their natural prey, but the occasional one will be opportunistic if s/he happens to fly over a yard full of chickens.
  4. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    We had no problems with them before the cold weather hit. Now I have seen hawks sitting in the tree just looking at the coop.

    No more free range chickens until they move on - hopefully come summer. But, they also showed up around the same time my rooster started to really get his crow going. They also show up in the morning when he gets out and starts crowing. I just got to wondering.
  5. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    As the winter drags on the Hawks will look for easier pickings, especially if there is snow cover. Seems to me too that they will feed heavier before a weather system moves in. I've been noticing birds of all kinds being more active the last couple of days.
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    My roo uses quieter warning sounds for his girls, the crowing is more like showing off.
  7. dancesWchickens

    dancesWchickens In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2008
    Davis, CA
    I'm convinced that crowing draws hawk attention...after I rehomed my roosters, we went down to a fly-by visit every other day (used to be all day when the roos were around).
  8. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Songster

    Mar 6, 2008
    East Tennessee
    My Dominiques free range and the roosters go into a"fast clucking" mode (not crowing) when there is trouble on the horizon. [​IMG]
  9. kartking22

    kartking22 Songster

    Jan 12, 2008
    The crowing by your roos are a natural instinct of your chickens to let the hens know that he is in charge. Lesser roos won't crow as much unless they are trying to compete with the top rooster or they know that he had too many hens to take care of. He is the secondary rooster and will take care of the rest of the hens. The crowing by either is not a call for any preditor. Preditors usually go by visual or scent of your chickens. Available feed is another attractant. Keep your feed in a water tight container, change the bedding in the coop often with pine shavings or similar wood shavings to deter the smell of chicken poo and thier feed. Secondary is to place a tarp over the run to deter the hawks from seeing your chickens in the first place. They won't be interested in them if they can't see them. Good luck with these suggestions, I sure hope they work for you.
  10. dancesWchickens

    dancesWchickens In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2008
    Davis, CA
    certainly roos don't intentionally call hawks! For whatever reason they do crow, one side effect is that hawks hear them and come over to check out the noise. White kitchen string and monofilament line works great for me.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2009

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