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Hawk Help

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by savilcr, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. savilcr

    savilcr Chirping

    Jan 26, 2011
    We have lost 2 hens to a hawk so far. Anyone know anything that will keep them away from our free range hens?


  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    netting over the ares

    lots of hiding places


    dog that is chicken safe but barks at hawks

    accepting that free range means loss

    hanging shiny things that resemble eyes (CD/DVD)

    -that's all I have good luck.
  3. Stevo

    Stevo Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Howell, NJ
    I use the SSS method. Once they get one chicken they wont leave. I dont like it but I refuse to lock up my girls.
  4. Stevo

    Stevo Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Howell, NJ
    When they were little and stayed near the coop I put a sheet of plywood on cynder blocks and they would run under it if anything flew by. But now they roam the entire farm. I always know when a hawk is around as they will all be trying to hide in bushes.
  5. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Quote:This is terribly illegal and carries very heavy fines. Want to know why its hard to convince local governments about backyard chicken keeping? This is one of the reasons. This is a PUBLIC forum where our post ARE rad by officials.

    Its much easier to exclude predators.

    hanging shiny things up that twist and change in the wind and giving your birds cover is the way to go- You don't want to make them completely safe so you have to handle this.

    If you remove one hawk another will come and you will (eventually) get caught.
  6. Grim

    Grim In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2011
    varmint laws state that an animal that is a nuisance can be kill in defense of livestock or garden losses. translation: you can shoot deer in a garden year around. if a hawk takes a chick. it can be shot. just incase i'm wrong about your area. call local animal control about your local laws.
  7. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    If you really want to protect your birds from Hawks then you need to make a serious choice, free range them and except any losses you will have and there will be many, or get smart and secure them in a real overhead protected preditor proof run. Little shinny twisty things and blow up something or others yard ornaments are just a waste of time, because the hawks are much smarter than the folks who try these silly antics. Please protect them the right way or live with having to replace your chickens frequently, those my friend are the facts. I hope things work out whatever you choose.


  8. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Songster

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX
    Quote:I put up a poultry net and stopped free ranging my birds all the time. This was OK since the yard was devastated. I still lets the birds out once in a while, but infrequently enough that the hawks have lost interest and moved on to other targets.

    I also feed dog food to the local crows.
  9. Stonerowfarm

    Stonerowfarm Songster

    Sep 16, 2008
    Cheshire, MA
    Quote:Hawks, as well as many other birds are protected by Federal law. That supercedes any local or state laws. The penalties are stiff if you are caught killing, harassing, capturing any bird on the protected list.

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