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Hawk got one of my girls, what to do?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Hiram, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Hiram

    Hiram Out Of The Brooder

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    I came home yesterday to a quiet scene. Slowly I opened the gate and to my surprise a chicken that is normally shy ran to me. I pick her up then I noticed that the others were not playing. As I searched, I saw it. A three foot hawk in my yard eating one of them. My heart is broken. What can I do because he is still around? I have put them in the run for now.
     
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  2. smithchickmagnet

    smithchickmagnet Out Of The Brooder

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    I would like to know what to do also?! A hawk got one of my black silkies yesterday....broke my heart too!!
     
  3. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    If at all possible, I would lock them up for as long as possible, a few days to weeks.
    Once thw hawks know where the fast food joint is, they won't leave...
     
  4. sjmarshall87

    sjmarshall87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    aaww thats so sad!! [​IMG] Sorry for your losses! I have read that hanging "shiny" things in the yard keeps the hawks away.. also loud noises..

    ANything that would cause a reflective effect in the sun would be good to hang in your yard...
     
  5. Hiram

    Hiram Out Of The Brooder

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    This bird doesn't seem to be afraid of a human. I mean he perches in my yard close enough to hit with a rock. I tried!!! I got to do something.
     
  6. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have had these same kind of hawks hang around. I throw a rock and it just moves to a different spot. Three times I have found their dead bodies after several days. I think some times when they are old, injured or very young, they get desparate enough to ignore humans. All you can do is lock them up safe and wait it out. I have not tried the shiny objects hanging around, but we have way too large a place for that.
     
  7. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    The only thing the CD's did in my yard was drive ME crazy. Didn't stop the hawks.
     
  8. foxypoproxy

    foxypoproxy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hawks are a BIG issue where i live.
    They are not scared of humans in the least.
    They will even go after my chickens if im trying to guard them.
    They are terrible! Its not only the hawks but we also get Eagles!
    I live in a forestry type area and there are lots of trees for them to perch on and stalk my chickens.
    I have not had any chickens taken recently but i have had them taken before.
    Sometimes even if you lock them up it doesn't do much because it isn't just one bird going after them.
    Its to the point i can't free range at all anymore.
    Now i'm making a run with a roof so i no longer have to worry while they are out.
     
  9. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Put your birds into a covered run. That is the only thing that works.
     
  10. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put your birds into a covered run. That is the only thing that works.

    X2 That's why I built mine like this:

    [​IMG]
     

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