Hawk Checking Out My City Chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Catalina, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    I live in a very suburban cul-de-sac neighborhood. I didn't think I would ever have to worry about wild predators.
    Today I saw a hawk very sloooowly flying up and down the fence line between my house and my neighbor's houses. He was flying about 8 feet off of the ground.
    I know what he was looking for!!!
    My girls were out in their run (which thankfully, is attached to my house on 2 sides) and he was trying to figure out how to get a chicken snack! [​IMG]
  2. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    Hopefull your run is covered on top!!!! [​IMG]

    Otherwise, I would not let your chickens out in the run until it is covered!!!

    I have had hawks almost fly into me trying to get small birds!! Do NOT expect them to make mistakes!!!

    Keep your babies safe!! [​IMG]

  3. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Oh NO!!! This is how I lost my OEG hen! [​IMG] Please be careful! I almost stepped on the hawk when I came around the corner, while it was eating her.

    I hope yours stay safe! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

  4. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    #1California Chick :

    Hopefull your run is covered on top!!!! [​IMG]

    Otherwise, I would not let your chickens out in the run until it is covered!!!


    No - I don't have a cover. [​IMG]
    So they won't be going out until I get it covered.
    How do you attach netting to metal house siding?​
  5. speltier

    speltier Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 25, 2009
    Berkeley, Califonia
    Hmm, you could screw a furring strip to the house in just a couple of places, then staple the net to that. I can relate, I looked out the window this morning and, down below (I live about 20' above) was a huge redtail, sitting ON the chickendome. Man... They wouldn't come out of hiding till I went down and sounded the all-clear. Chickens. Oh, I'm also in the city... in the middle of Berkeley, California, in fact. I also relocated a family of 4 raccoons from next door. It's a little overgrown on the interior of my block, I'm lucky like that. Urban predators, indeed.
  6. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2007
    Central Iowa
    Do you have a pic of your setup to help us give you ideas on how to cover yuor run?

  7. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    I recently had a hawk come down into my chicken yard and grab a pigeon while myself and my dogs were out there- and Im in a suburb neighborhood too-
    what I did, for now, is I strung fishing line across the top in several places with CDS on them to make these light-reflecting spheres...my girls now enjoy a giant disco-ball effect...anyhow, so far, I havent seen the hawk again. I am sure he will return, but hopefully NOT before I can put netting up (waiting for a thaw, first).
  8. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2008
    I live in Hawk Alley - can see their nests from my windows! We covered our run with deer netting, because it costs about 1/10 th of the cost of "aviary net." Probably not the most secure. I also duct taped flags and whirly-gigs from the Dollar Store to the posts of my run. It's kinda cheesy, but we haven't lost a bird.

  9. dani813

    dani813 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    I've been having the same problem with both a Red-Shoulder Hawk and a Coopers Hawk. [​IMG]
  10. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    Good advice from others. Please do cover your run. Your hens are being stalked!!! If the hawk gets a meal, it will never go away. And if the hawk kills inside your run, the others will be terrified as there will be no place to hide.

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