Don't anti hawk CDs, flash tape or pie tins scare chickens too?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jmc, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    I wanna cut a bunch of silver and red 'flash tape' (the stuff that is strung up to keep birds from eating sown seeds etc.) into streamers and hang them from strung fishing line. But i can't see that motion and flashing from above NOT also scaring the chooks..............

    anyone use this stuff or the like.........?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    34,028
    462
    448
    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I think the chickens probably get used to them. It's the reflection that is supposed to scare the hawks.
     
  3. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    mine are used to it, I have anti bird net over the pens. you can get a 15' x45' roll at home depo for $19. the flash tape is so I don't have to remove a hawk tangled in the net
     
  4. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Austin Tx
    I have pie pans dangling on string and it doesn't bother my girls at all.
     
  5. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    thanks for replies.
     
  6. baldessariclan

    baldessariclan Chillin' With My Peeps

    116
    25
    126
    Aug 30, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    The chickens will get used to it in short order. Unfortunately, so will the hawks...
     
  7. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    5,033
    49
    283
    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    Not mine....and I haven't lost a bird since hanging them.
     
  8. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Quote:i was wondering about that.

    glad to hear three cedars input

    thanks for further replies....!
     
  9. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    5,033
    49
    283
    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    It's more than them just scaring the hawks away. It has to do with them not being able to lock in their "radar" with the reflections coming off the CD's.
     
  10. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    4,511
    184
    291
    Jan 27, 2007
    BOCOMO
    Three Cedars Silkies wrote: It's more than them just scaring the hawks away. It has to do with them not being able to lock in their "radar" with the reflections coming off the CD's.

    Like looking down into an array of jittering flashbulbs (have stood on our roof and checked out the effect).

    The one's in this thread can also be mounted on poles (short sections of wire/whacker thread/ballpoint pen springs over nails/etc.): https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=44145
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by