Hawk Attack...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Kiki A, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Kiki A

    Kiki A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I live in a forest so I've had some wildlife problems before, but about a week and a half ago, my Golden Campine pullet, Spice, was attacked by a hawk. She was fine but she lost half of her tail feathers to it. One more problem is that we have TONS of hawks in our forest, and they are almost always flocking together. So now my semi~ free range birds have about 50 hawks after them. We put strings all around there yard, but it's not keeping out the hawks. Any more ideas?[​IMG]
     
  2. keshahen

    keshahen New Egg

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    you're best bet is probably making a huge pen for them. They will still be able to peck around, but they will be more safe.
     
  3. sunflowerparrot

    sunflowerparrot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just lost 2 chickens in the past 2 days to what I believe was a hawk due to the type of damage done to the bird. You can also make sure your birds have several shelters they can quickly run under for hiding/shelter. A rooster is good too - he'll warn your birds if he has time. We have a 27-acre field outlined by tree rows - seems the chickens love the tree rows and that is usually where they find themselves trouble. Good luck.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't know if you are able or if it is possible (or legal) in your area, but when hawks are soaring over my birds or roosting in nearby trees, I usually shoot a shotgun toward (not at) them. Seems to send them packing. Others take their place I'm sure but it seems to chase away the menace at the moment. Good luck to you!
     
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  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I would like to see a picture of these hawks. Hawks moving about in large numbers is not typical of those likely to be a threat to chickens.
     
  6. sunflowerparrot

    sunflowerparrot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hawks are probably not an easy predator to deter - it's not like you can set traps for them or have dogs chase them away like coons, possums, etc. Since I just lost 2 pullets in the past 2 days, I'm going to have to do something as well. My rooster is pretty good at alarming the flock - but even he can only do so much. One of my dogs is really good at barking to let me know anything is out of the ordinary - but he's just a puppy right now and I am looking forward to the day he actually goes and intervenes when there is a problem (again, not sure what can be done once a hawk has attacked... they're pretty quick and ruthless)
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I have a dog that is very effective against hawks. They may be fast a catching but are not all that fast at dispatching and consuming a bird that is larger than hawk is. My dog has no problem harassing hawk that lands anywhere on property and ruckuss chickens make eggs him on. He will also drive a hawk off a chicken whether chicken is alive or not. Based on most recent event with owl, dog will not treat hawk with respect if hawk decides to fight over prize.
     
  8. Gallus Sapien

    Gallus Sapien Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Along with your strings over the run i have heard of people hanging old CDs and the shine helps keep hawks away.
     
  9. Kiki A

    Kiki A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone but I live in a subdivision so no roosters, we aren't allowed to shoot hawks, and the birds are always in their run when we aren't around.[​IMG] (By the way, sunflowerparrot, I'm sorry about your pullets.[​IMG])
     
  10. animals1981

    animals1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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