Hawk - bought to lose my patience

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by cadman68, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. cadman68

    cadman68 Songster

    Feb 15, 2007
    Middle TN
    I have done all the things i can think of, short of totally enclosing the pen, to stop this hawk from getting my chicks but to no avail. he has already got 4 of them and i am about to lose my patience and shoot him. I know it is not advised but i am to the point that i really don't care. Guess i just needed to rant a little (as i load my shotgun) so thanks everyone for being here to listen to my frustrations. [​IMG]
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I am thinking it is time to enclose your pen.
  3. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    Could you keep your chicks in a completely enclosed area until they're bigger and less tempting for a mid-day snack for the hawk?
    I've got hawks all around, but my chickens are older and run for cover or just stay in the woods.
  4. herechickchick

    herechickchick Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    If it is the same one over and over, SHOOT HIM!
  5. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts

    you cant afford to put this heavy netting over your pen, then go to Home Depot/Lowes/Menards/Ace and buy some bird netting. It is meant to be used over fruit trees but will work against flying predators in a pinch.

  6. debashan

    debashan Songster

    Aug 11, 2007
    Oquawka, IL
    Is it legal to shoot any birds of prey?
  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    It'll get you a fast ticket to the hoosegow...
  8. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    If you have a small area to cover and don't want a net, get one of those thousand yard plus spools of fishing line from K-Mart. Criss cross the line over the area and put little pieces of material on it. This worked for the a friends little girl. It was her brother that came up with the idea. He was tried of seeing his sister crying over a lost chick.
  9. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    Wow panner, wish I had known that 2 days ago. It is really expensive to try and enclose an area. But after what we went through with the hawk literally crawling under a bush to get to my hens, I don't care if it takes Fort Know to keep em safe. But great idea about the fishing line!!
  10. hoosierhen

    hoosierhen Songster

    Sep 26, 2007
    I am going to fence a small area for my chicks this weekend. I like the fishing line idea, especially since the area will be temporary. (A bigger area will be coming as soon as I get a little time ) My daughter and I took some chicks out today (They are 7 weeks old) to enjoy the weather and they loved it!

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