hawks are wiping us out!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by shemcguire, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. shemcguire

    shemcguire New Egg

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    hopefully someone can help us. we have hawks around our house that are picking off our young chickens one by one. I also walked into the barn where we have pigeons and found that a hawk had flown in there and killed one of the pigeons, we lost two that day. I know it is illegal to kill them, but what can we do to stop the hawks!!! HELP!!!
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Sounds like you need to build your hens a covered run and start shutting the barn door to keep the hawks out.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, short-term measure is confinement. If following not options then confinement may prove prudent long-term.

    Also consider dog.

    Do you have adult roosters in flock? What types / ages of chickens are involved.
     
  4. shemcguire

    shemcguire New Egg

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    we have adult roosters, but unfortunately, these little ones are free range and don't stay in the pen
     
  5. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like you are just putting out a buffet for the hawks and anything else that needs dinner, A covered run or some type of safe housing for them till they get bigger is my only answer. Netting is fairly easy to put up, Even over a barn door. Sorry, there is no easy way.
     
  6. shemcguire

    shemcguire New Egg

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    thanks for your advice, we are newbies :)
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Explain in some detail your situation / resources. Post pictures and get past the newbie hump.
     
  8. shemcguire

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    we have a large pen that would be difficult to cover, the barn is in another area, and we had covered the door with mesh netting, this was closed at the time of attack. But, there is a 2' x 2' opening in the loft the hawk came through. this is going to have a mesh door soon. we were hoping for some hawk deterrant advice, maybe something to scare them away.
     
  9. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As mentioned earlier, temporarily confine your chickens until the hawks move on. As long as they can get a guaranteed meal, they will hang around. Then get prepared as others will also move in for an easy meal.

    Good Luck!
     
  10. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Here's a little something to consider: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/44145/hawk-saucer

    At best, the above is a cheap deterrent. Little chooks shouldn't be `free ranged' unless losses are acceptable (hawks are only one potential diner at the feast - that goes for big ranging roosters as well, e.g., foxes love rooster).
     

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