Hawk, Falcon, seagulls or Eagles How to Avoid loosing chickens!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by vineviewfarm, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. vineviewfarm

    vineviewfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All, My free range chooks are being taunted and some taken by Hawks and big black backed sea gulls is there anyway of disuading the predators??
    any help appreciated
    perhaps building a shade shelter where they can seek refuge away from sight? their home run is under thick forest so is fine but they enjoy roaming on the open pasture.
    We like having the predator birds around as they kill the stoats, weasels, cats and rats that naturally find themselves living around the forest habitat so im not keen to shoot them..
    any help as always much appreciated
    Regards
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  2. Molpet

    Molpet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my dog chases them.... other people have put up shiny things and scarecrows. others run fish line 1' apart
     
  3. KYTinpusher

    KYTinpusher Master Enabler

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    Shooting them is illegal - the hawks and raptors anyway - so I would advise against that. I don't know about the seagulls.

    Make sure you have multiple roosters to get good coverage of the area and put out things they can hide in/under for cover. If you have the time and money available, make an enclosure for them in the pasture that is covered in bird netting. Make it big enough to allow them plenty of room, but small enough that you can move it when they need new pasture.
     
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Where on Earth are you located?
     
  5. CoopDeDoo

    CoopDeDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:x2 - I am leaning towards not USA based on the seagull description use of the word "mozzies" in his other post. IMO there is only so much you can do to reduce - not eliminate - predator risk if you are free ranging.
     
  6. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all I could say is just give them places to hide and escape predators in the area they are free ranging. there really isn't much else you can do to prevent free ranging chickens from being snatched up by a hungry predator.
     
  7. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and im gonna go out on a limb here and say that what you think are great black backed gulls aren't actually gulls at all... I find it close to impossible for one of those birds to pick up a chicken and carry it away, despite theyre large size. Possibly an osprey? they both have similar coloration but the osprey actually has the power and the talons to do so.
     
  8. Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The great black gull can kill an adult puffin. I would put it past a gull.
     
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  9. vineviewfarm

    vineviewfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there, we are blessed enough to live in sunny Marlborough, New Zealand!
     
  10. vineviewfarm

    vineviewfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there thanks for that, good idea. The ground is former riverbed so dragging an enclosure around proves difficult but i think a lightweight frame on a couple of decent inflated tyres might do it,

    reg shooting them, oddly enough the sea gull is the one that would get me in trouble( shooting it ) the harrier hawk is introduced and in pest volumes, Unfortunatly we arent lucky enough to have our native Forrest Falcon around anymore as they have all but been displaced...

    The gulls although we see them in number they are native and are nice to have around
    Cheers
     

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