Hawk is hanging out

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ninav3b, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. ninav3b

    ninav3b New Egg

    Jul 24, 2011
    I am very new to back yard chickens. I have had my flock for 11 weeks. I noticed a huge hawk on my back porch rail staring down at my 9 hens. I quickly rushed them into their very safe coop, but now I am afraid to let them out at all, and they really want to forage. What to do?
  2. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Baby sit them with a shot gun while they are out. I had one carried off still screaming by a hawk, it is no fun.:'(
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you can reduce their spots to perch, it may help reduce the loss. If they are sitting on fence posts, drill a hole into the top of the post and stand a piece of heavy stiff wire upright in it. This denies them the perch and forces them to perch further away and gives your chickens a little longer to react to the attack. If the hawk is sitting on a roof ridge or fence rail, a single strand of wire stretched tightly a couple inches above the perch will deny them that perch too. (you never see a hawk sit on fence wire, it's too thin to hold on)

    A good alert protective rooster will growl a warning to the hens (and all your fowl will react), will attack the hawk to protect his exposed girls and will fight to the death too. Give the birds several hide spots in their area, a elevated pallet or brush pile is great for cover plus provides shade. If the hens need persuasion to use the spots, put a water source under it, they will find it.

    This is some of the technigues I have had success with in fighting eagle and hawk issues. Not very effective against ravens

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