Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickbird, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. chickbird

    chickbird Songster

    May 4, 2009
    for those of you who free range your chickens, what do you do for hawks??? i have one that has killed 4 of my chickens? thanks

  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    What kind of area are they free ranging in? Mine have a lot of bushes and trees to get under, a few trailers (stock and car) and access to the barn. I've read about people who have more open areas providing some scattered structure and stringing fishing line and/or cd's around the area. In my case it also helps that my dog now runs out anytime she hears the roos alarm call and not only chases land predators off she's also taken to harrassing the hawks.
  3. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    I free range while I am outside with them, and have tons of shelter around, bushes, shrubs, a vehicle, a garage that is usually open, and access to their coop of course. I have hawks around, but I think the natural prey sources are stable, so they have not bothered my birds... yet.
  4. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    I am a hen herder and stay with my girls.I also have cd's hanging and red mylar ribbons.All that and your presence will not deter a very hungry hawk from what I have read here. I now have crows that chase the hawk,but the crow-calls ALL DAY LONG are very annoying.

  5. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Same here, but when I look out at my 24 chooks peacefully going about their business of making eggs for me, I have learned to love it. [​IMG]
  6. newchickengirl

    newchickengirl Chirping

    Nov 19, 2009
    My chickens are let out in the morning and locked up at night. Ive got about 66 acres with no specific run for them and the only option I have is to hang up cd's, metal pie pans, and a grt pry who patrols the vicinity. I refuse to keep them in a run and such because I feel it is better for them to free range but I love them as well. I have also put areas of "cover" sort of speak. They run under patio furniture, porches, old tractors, plywood and all sorts of things. I havent lost any since october but Im sure hawks may still be able to get them but not as fast. I used to have almost fifty and now have only 30. I lost almost twenty in two months before the precautions. Good luck to you. Also make sure you have roosters and maybe some guineas. The roosters make the call and the guineas learn to investigate and alarm as well. My dog has picked up on there calls and comes running every time.

    P.s I forgot to add that in the last two weeks I have a trio of red tails in My area and as far as I know My ways are working.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2010
  7. Our roosters trained us and the dog with their alarms. I point to the sky and get the dog going. Now, the dog will run around and around barking up at the sky, crows, hawks buzzards whatever. My backyard is mostly open but the birds have plenty of places run and hide - which they do. I was thinking that the openess makes it easier for the chickens to spot the predators so they can scoot under something... as opposed to a wooded yard where hawks can sit in the trees more sneaky like. Some one might be able to input on this theory before you move your free ranging to a more open part of the yard, but in my situation as long as they have their rooster, and a place to get to quick and hide, I prefer it being more open. I just think they can spot the hawks easier. I have some lattice work leaning against the fence that they like to go under, and a hinged framed lattice that makes like a tunnel they go under to get across the middle of the yard. I also have 3 cats, don't know if they help or not
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2010

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