Fake owls and hanging crows

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BBB Becky, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. BBB Becky

    BBB Becky Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 15, 2016
    Georgetown, MA
    I always watch my hens when I let them out. (One time a hawk took one hen and dropped her...we call her Henrietta the miracle chicken.) Now I have a fake owl and hanging crow. Yes, I do move them round. Does anyone use them?
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    They must not have moved this one at all.....or not often enough.
  3. bigoledude

    bigoledude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2011
    SE, Louisiana
    Fake owls and crows are absolutely useless. If birds of prey are a problem at your place, you must pen up your birds. The enclosure doesn't have to be very strong to keep birds out but, it must be completely enclosed. Especially on top.
  4. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Henrietta was definitely a very lucky hen I tried the fake owls - three of them - and I really don't think they deterred the hawks at all. I've seen the photo @aart posted and feel like it really captures how the hawks view the plastic owls...not much respect there. [​IMG]

    I hope they work better for you.
  5. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    I've told this before here but I bought a fake owl at a garage sale for a $1. It scared the heck out of my chickens more than it did any other bird around the place. [​IMG][​IMG]

    Red tails and Cooper's are thick as thieves around my place (endangered my foot). My hens have to stay in their covered run unless I am going to stay out with them the entire time they are out.

    The Coopers are the biggest problem, the Coopers will come in get on top of a standard size hen and hold on with one foot and stab all over with the other. I've had several survive with multiple puncture wounds. The red tails for the most part leave me and my hens alone.
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  6. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] So true...

    This is a bad time of year for the same kind of hawks around here, too. The RT hawks don't like people around, so if they see you, they skedaddle. Not so for the Cooper's hawks - they are audacious, to say the least. [​IMG]
  7. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    FoodFreedom you are correct about Coopers.

    The last attack, WHILE I WAS OUT, the little devil got a hold of a Speckled Sussex and it was a wrestle royale all over the yard with me in pursuit kicking and screaming the whole time.

    I still don't know if the hen managed to free herself or if the hawk let go as he figured I was gonna get one good kick in come _____or high water.

    He buggered her up pretty good but she survived.
  8. Zoomie

    Zoomie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2015
    Mora, NM USA
    Cooper's are specifically a predator that targets birds. They are specialists in this. A red tail is more targeted in rodents, but is an opportunist. Coopers, Sharpshins and Goshawks all have special flight feathers that make them superb for chasing down and killing other birds: the wings are shorter, the tail longer, all of which helps them navigate through wooded areas to chase down other birds. So a Coopers. a Gos or a Sharpshin are always going to be more difficult to deter once they figure out you are keeping birds. Great big clumsy flying birds, who basically just sit there and aren't even hard to hunt down like say, a songbird.

    These birds are also incredibly intelligent. They can easily figure out that a fake owl is fake. I think we constantly underestimate just how smart these guys are.

    My conclusion: cover your run. Then you don't have to spend any time at all worrying about hawks. You can instead spend your time marveling at these masters of the air.
  9. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG]Glad to hear your girl survived...yikes!! The fact that CH aren't concerned about humans being out and about is concerning and puzzling - seems like unusual wild animal behavior to me.
  10. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    My back area is about three acres so I don't know that he knew I was there when he attacked. The bottom line is he didn't want to let go.

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