Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lottiegwen, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. lottiegwen

    lottiegwen New Egg

    Dec 2, 2015
    A hawk flew off with one of my mallard hens yesterday. Now only have two. If I keep them inside for a week will hawk look elsewhere are are we screwed.
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Hawks will always be around. There isn't just one but many and many species. They are always flying around looking for food.
  3. JJpuck

    JJpuck Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2014
    Is it possible to cover your run? Since I've put up my netting, I haven't lost any more ducks. If that's not possible, putting up predator tape (a reflective tape that's said to ward off predatory birds) or even putting fake predators in the run helps. I have a huge fake dog in my run that may or may not be helping, but I haven't had any more problems with predators.
  4. spirit1550

    spirit1550 New Egg

    Mar 18, 2013
    I have about 50 birds; chickens, ducks, turkeys etc. They free range on approx. 2 acres. We have issues with hawks and one very big bald eagle. I have lost a few chickens and one call duck. I haven't had a hawk take a bird; always just ripped them apart & left for me to find. I cant cover that much area so here is what I have done to help keep them away. I have hung about 30 old CD's on fish line from trees. All at different heights. Hawks don't like the reflections & the other birds, especially the turkeys, loves to play with them. I also found 1" red plastic ribbon/tape and basically decorated all my trees. Throwing the spool up over branches leaving 10-20' tails to blow in the wind. Hawks dislike the color & the movement. My husband says our backyard looks ridiculous but my birds are alive.
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