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Hawk problems!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bertie, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. bertie

    bertie Hatching

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    What can be done to prevent Hawks from getting my chickens?
    I heard something about using a owl decoy to scare them away does this work? any ideas??
    Thanks Bertie
     
  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

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    I've heard that an animal trap on a very high pole works. PM me if you have questions. Thanks.
     
  3. Splash_Guard

    Splash_Guard Set Free

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    The only thing that ever worked for me was a shotgun.
     
  4. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

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    Isn't it illegal to shoot or trap hawks?
     
  5. lobb40118

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    Last edited: Jan 7, 2009
  6. ronshoney

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    People around here shoot them when need be too.... someone told me black garbage bags tied to blow around the area where the chickens are will keep them away, but I don't know.
     
  7. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    It is a federal offense to kill any bird of prey, unless you have already obtained a depredation permit from the Fish and Wildlife Service. The penalty can range up to several thousand dollars, and even jail time.

    In order to obtain a depredation permit, amongst other things you must first prove that you have already tried a range of NON-lethal methods to discourage the bird.

    The best defense is a secure pen/run, with netting or wire over the top. Other defenses include hanging CDs or other shiny objects around your chicken yard, stringing twine overhead, livestock guardian dogs, and simply providing extra shelter for your birds to hide under.
     

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