Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by janmarie123, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. janmarie123

    janmarie123 In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2016
    hi i am new here and i have seen a few hawks in the woods behind me and i am scared for my chickens does anybody have any suggestions on scaring them off
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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, janmarie, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! Hawks can be a persistence nuisance - that's for sure. Not sure if you are a city or country dweller but if you are rural like I am, I have had some success - at least in the short term - by aiming a well-placed shotgun blast near (not at) the marauder. Seems to scare them off. For the day certainly - maybe for longer. It's hard to say - there as so many raptors in my area. I have lost one bird to an avian predator in the last ten years - I free range and my run is uncovered - so...not bad in terms of loss. You might post in the Predators Forum here https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/13/predators-and-pests and see what those folks have to say. Best wishes!!
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. The best you can do is provide a covered pen and monitored free ranging. Given enough cover and bushes to hide in most birds become hawk savvy. The bottom line is that if you free range you will eventually suffer losses.
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  4. ChickenGoesRuff

    ChickenGoesRuff Songster

    Jan 8, 2015
    I use bird netting/garden netting atop my run. I live right next to woods (state park) and have yet (in 4 years) to lose a chicken to a hawk, even when they free range. Although, one of my neighbors had a yorkie that got eaten by an owl.... Everywhere is different. Although there's a female Merlin Hawk who migrates through and perches 2 feet away from my chickens, goes after the snakes and mice that they kick up. My birds don't mind her one bit.
    Best of luck!
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  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under janmarie123 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some great advice and tips, I will just add that I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. It might be a good idea to try and identify which species of raptors you have. In my experience, chickens learn not to worry too much about those raptors that are not a threat (in our case, Black Kites), but will go on full alert when they see one that is a threat. As mentioned, if you free range losses are inevitable - its a price that i am willing to pay - others not.

    Good luck
  7. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

  8. LauraBrown

    LauraBrown Crowing

    Welcome to BYC!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    agree with Sourland. They are protected by law. Much better to fence them out (covered runs) than attempt to harm or kill them.
  10. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    It's nice to have you here. You've already received some good tips so I'll just say hello!

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