Good defense against eagles

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Nestled Chickens, May 26, 2011.

  1. Nestled Chickens

    Nestled Chickens Chirping

    Mar 3, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I've had an eagle come and visit almost every day and we've managed to scare it off before it has done any serious damage to our flock (we have three hens that are missing half their feathers and a few strips of flesh). I refuse to let them free range now, but what can I do to cover our super large yard? It is about 50 feet by 50 feet. And do you think the eagle will not stop hunting until it eats every single one of my 42 chickens?
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    I'm in the same boat - look at the pea fowl threads, there is a guy using avairy netting and a tall post. Good idea since your area is large.

    A brush pile, old umbrellas stuck in the ground and small sun shades may help to provivd some over head cover, also guineas are excellent sky watchers and alarms though they are very noisey birds

    And no, once they find a easy food source, they will be back
    Last edited: May 26, 2011
  3. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    Rather than netting use lines across with sparkly flashing tape(mylar strips) or anything shiny that moves in the wind. Large predatory birds are very reluctant to fly through something they can't clearly see.
  4. TheReidHomestead

    TheReidHomestead Never enough coops...

    Feb 5, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    My Coop
    String fishing line across the yard with old CD's or DVD's strung across the line. The shiny reflective disc's help deter the birds of prey.
  5. Conkuur

    Conkuur In the Brooder

    May 25, 2011
    I use deer netting over my run its cheap and none have flown into it yet. I often see the hawks sitting in the tree above the run thinking about a meal but they usually just fly off. Saw the hawk snatch a pretty big squirrel just outside the run once.
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If you use netting buy the netting that is rated for a snow load if you have one in winter.
  7. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    X2 get netting that can with stand a load hitting it.
  8. weare4

    weare4 Hatching

    Mar 11, 2011
    We had a Golden Eagle come into our run and got a RIR; it stayed there and made a meal of her, until we scared it off but eagle hesitated leaving; very sad, my kids saw it and was quite graphic. We now have a netting I pulled off the blueberry bushes and covered the run. Two years and have never had a problem....until then and it was too late! Good Luck

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