Hawk problem. Need help!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by alisnwonderland, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. alisnwonderland

    alisnwonderland New Egg

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    Okay, so I have 4 silkies and 4 bantams of unknown breed. About three weeks ago, I let them all free-range for the first time, since it was warm-ish and I was going to be home all day. Well, a couple hours later I notice that my mama bantam was missing. Go searching for her, and this hawk is chasing her in the front yard, and papa bantam is chasing both of them. The whole parade goes onto the porch, with mama ducking behind my couch I've got out there, and the hawk smacked the window. (I'm only telling this story because the hawk is making me mad, and I just wanted to share his/her pain.) So, after the hawk hit the window, he/she starts chasing papa bantam. Papa runs off the porch and ducks under a pine tree in the yard. At this point, I'm armed with a rake, and I "allegedly" smacked the hawk with the rake. Hawk figures out that chicken dinner isn't worth it and flies off.

    Fast forward to 20 minutes ago. All the chickens are in their covered run area, because I'm still too paranoid to let them free range. I just got done feeding and watering them, and go inside. 2 minutes later, all the chickens are making crazy, scared sounding noises. Run outside, thinking the neighbor's dog might be looking at them funny, as she does. But, no, there's the hawk again, and she has one of my pullet bantams through the chicken wire. I don't know yet if the pullet is okay, because she won't come anywhere near me to catch her. But my question is this: How do I make this hawk go away? I thought they would be safe in the run, at least from an aerial assault. But no, this hawk isn't a quitter.
     
  2. Alex1010

    Alex1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One thing I use... Which is a shotgun. That'll solve your problems alright
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome! Chicken wire won't protect your birds from much of anything. Over the years many of us have learned the hard way (for the chickens!) that predator protection is a huge priority. Hardware cloth well secured, overhead netting, dig proof foundations, all necessary. For right now, your birds in a predator proof coop and rebuilt run, until the hawk gives up and goes away. Usually ten to 20 days in will be enough. Raptors are federally protected in the USA; DO NOT injure them in any way. Bantams are more at risk from hawks, although standard birds are killed too. My coop and run;[​IMG]

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  4. hayley3

    hayley3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That was quite a story! and what a brave Papa bantam...Good thing you were there to whack the hawk with the rake, but how did the hawk get the bird through the chicken wire. Did it stick it's neck in through one of the holes and grab her by the neck?
     
  5. alisnwonderland

    alisnwonderland New Egg

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    I don't know how exactly the hawk grabbed her. When I ran out, the hawk was on its back with both feet through the wire. The pullet has a pretty vicious cut on her neck, and some scrapes around her right wing. I cleaned the wounds and put some blu-kote on it and she seemed okay this morning, eating and drinking fine. I will separate her from the other chickens if they start picking on her, but she's very dependent on her sister (they're never more than a foot away from each other), so I didn't want to separate them if I didn't have to. I plan on re-doing the run in hardware cloth, but that's a pretty penny I'll have to spend, and I had the chicken wire sitting around. Guess I'm going to have to make a special trip to Lowe's now! Has anyone had any luck with the fake owl statue things? And will deer netting keep the hawk out? I was thinking of expanding their run, since I don't trust them to free-range now. But I'm not sure what to use over the top as a roof.

    *Note* I don't think I actually hit the hawk, mostly hit the tree. I just wanted to scare it off of my roo. In case any federal agents are reading this. [​IMG]
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Chicken wire or netting on the top of the run will repel raptors, but not be predator proof otherwise. I used that for years, and was fine as long as the birds were locked in every night. Mary
     

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