Hawk deterrent

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LauraG, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. LauraG

    LauraG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    Upstate, NY
    I had a close call with a red-tail hawk the other day and it absolutely freaked me out.

    I thank god he wasnt successful in getting one of my beloved chickens.

    I saw this in a book and am going to try it. Thought I would share if anyone else is interested or has any comments.

    Its so fustrating with the birds of prey because aside from keeping them penned up, theres just nothing you can do....

  2. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    The best hawk deterrent is a local flock of large crows, they hate hawks and will go after them with a vengeance.

    The best method of preventing problems is to keep your birds in a covered pen.

    Everything else you have to repeatedly move.
  3. LauraG

    LauraG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    Upstate, NY
    Yes, I love the crows hanging around, just now one chased off a red tailed hawk.

    But I wasnt so lucky the other day, I had a close call. I let them free range when I am home. I do not want to keep them penned up 24/7.

    I realize the only foolproof way to keep them from hawks is in a covered run, which they are in alot of the time, but not ALL the time.
  4. GAChknGirl

    GAChknGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2009
    Denver, Illinois
    I hang up used or old scratched CDs with fishing line so that they spin in the breeze they work perfect we had a bad hawk problem they got 6 or our chickens in one day! we havent had any problems since!
  5. krazeepolack

    krazeepolack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Old used/scratched cd's?? I'll have to try that. [​IMG] I did the penny in a bag thing-needless to say [​IMG], I'm willing to try something/anything else. Anything that works! This (BYC) sure is a cool site!! [​IMG]
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Most reliable hawk deterrant is a dog that can mingle with chickens as they free range. Get a puppy and raise it hen house with adult birds to socialize / imprint it on chickens. Then complain why you do not have predator problems. Or like me about dog food costs.
  7. rockinpaints

    rockinpaints Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2010
    We tried it all!
    Pie tins from the trees, the flyer things hanging from the trees, a big black ceramic bear in the pen and none of it stopped that dang hawk. [​IMG]

    It would literally eat the chicken right outside the door (the pen was attached to the back door at my mom's, easier for her to care for them at 73) and she would chase him off with the broom. To keep from having to net the huge area she used a rope (thin cloths line) and zig zaged it across the pen and it worked. The hawk can't figure how to get in and get out without getting caught. (at night the chickens are locked in their coop so night time predators can't get them)[​IMG]
  8. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    I believe the only way to successfully thwart hawk attacks is to cover your run whether it is with some sort of netting or wire zig zagged across the top. Nothing else will work for very long. If they will attack a chicken while you are working on the lot with your birds,(as has happened with me and several others on this site) then a scarecrow, tin pans and cds aren't going to even slow them down.

    Good luck to you. I hope you can work something out. Hawks can be one of the most frustrating predators of them all.
  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    You have not tried everything. Dog.
  10. aliveandliving

    aliveandliving Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 13, 2010
    Hawks are yummy????

    sorry. i have nothing more intellagent to say at the moment.
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