Hawk!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ClareScifi, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just had an awful scare! A hawk of some sort was perched atop my chicken run! I wish I knew my types of hawks, but I don't. I had almost let the chooks out early, but it's Sunday morning, and I was afraid the rooster would annoy the neighbors sleeping in. Thank God I did not. I'm sure that hawk would have gotten the Bantie. I've never seen a hawk here before. I'm in the city. Do you think he'll likely be back, or was he just passing over? Something new and horrible to worry about! Do you think the hawk could have smelled the chickens, and that was why he was atop their run? It is not roofed. Do you think it is safe to leave the chickens outside while I go to church? It's to be 95 F today. Should I leave them in the coop?
     
  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do your hens free range or live in a fenced area?
     
  3. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are in a fenced area. They have a coop with a run on the east and a run on the west. The fencing is plastic mesh stapled to a wood frame. But there is no top over it.
     
  4. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do not let them free-range, but their run is pretty good-sized, with no covering over the top.
     
  5. angel8035

    angel8035 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a chicken snatched out of my urban backyard by a hawk, unfortunately. I would take some of that plastic mesh and cover the top of the run if you have time. Also, just so you know, if a raccoon, possum, or dog ever gets into your yard it will be able to get through the plastic mesh on the sides of your run and kill your chickens. Most of us recommend a 1/2 inch metal hardware cloth wrapped around your run to prevent intruders. I say this because most people will think they're safe, and then one day will find the sickening sight of their run ripped open and their birds dead or gone. I say this from experience. Just a friendly word of caution - I hope your birds are safe today. It can sometimes be very hard work to keep all of these pests from eating our chickens!
     
  6. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a heavy mesh from Lowe's, not a thin mesh. Dogs have been in the yard and haven't bothered the chickens. It's not really a mesh, I guess. It's thick green plastic, and the squares are about 2" in size. But I'm sure a raccoon probably could pull it off, as it's stapled on.
     
  7. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a fencing material, not what one generally thinks of when you hear the term mesh. Dark green thick plastic squares that make up a fence, but it looks something like mesh.
     
  8. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where could one buy a mesh to put over the top of the run that is not too expensive? I have some. It was sold as a cover to protect strawberries from birds, but I don't think I have enough of it, and it has some holes in it.
     
  9. Apdeb

    Apdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Clare i free range and a hawk took my #1 rooster
    Now when i leave them out i put radio on talk radio
    It seems to help
    However there "sitting ducks in that enclosure"
    The breeder if my barnies put some kind of nylon fish netting on top of her yards!!! They get tangled up in and dont like
     
  10. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I just dug out my mesh. It had chicken wire tangled up in it, and fir branches. What a mess to get it out! I'm going to try to put it over the run this afternoon. I will open only the east side this morning. It has wooden beams that would make it harder for a hawk to swoop down.
     
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