Hawk Lurking in a Tree (with pics)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LaLoomis, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. LaLoomis

    LaLoomis Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 13, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I got two chickens just 4 days ago and already the hawks are circling. A pigeon got obliterated on the roof and there are feathers everywhere. I built my coop and run to withstand raccoons and coyotes but I was hoping to give the chickens some time free range now and then. I guess I'll have to rethink that.

    Is there such a thing as a hawk deterrent?

    Here's the hawk in the tree looking down on the coop:

    Here's what's left of the pigeon:

    Here are my girls, safe for now:
  2. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area
    He's just sitting up there... scheming on how he's going to open your coop door. [​IMG]
  3. jforsness

    jforsness Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Hawks scare me and The 3 B's [​IMG]
  4. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2007
    Your best bet is to let them free range when your around to watch them. That hawk could easily make a meal of one of your hens. The bad part is they will kill it and only eat a little bit.

    Welcome to BYC......
  5. hoosier

    hoosier Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have read on here that hanging CDs will mess with a hawks ability to see.
    I can only allow mine to free range when I am with them since I lost one to a hawk last fall - my first after six years of having chickens, but they are in a different area of my property.

    Welcome to BYC!
  6. LaLoomis

    LaLoomis Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 13, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Quote:Thanks [​IMG]

    I think keeping an eye on them if they're out and about is good advice. Luckily they're very alert and were aware of the hawk before I was. They stopped stock still and it was like they were having a staring contest with the hawk. They wouldn't take their eyes off of it.
  7. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Quote:LaLoomis ,may not know what The 3 B's are. I think you should PM them and let them know before something gets started here again and someone gets in trouble. LOL
  8. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    They get very brave this time of year due to hunger I would even worry about letting them out with me there watching they are fast
  9. swampwander

    swampwander Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Mims, Fl
    Bottle rockets, if you're allowed.
  10. imfowl

    imfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2008
    A .17 hornady magnum works well.

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