Hawks got 2.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by julianna47, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. julianna47

    julianna47 Just Hatched

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    So I just started to try to give my 7 week old girls some space. I put a small extension out of my covered run, turned my back for a minute, and two are gone. I'm pretty upset. A hawk was the culprit. Pretty sure that free ranging won't be possible here. Poor girls are in the coop, afraid to move. And my daughter is debastated
     
  2. Birdydeb

    Birdydeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    So sorry for your loss. The hawks continue to circle my run even though it is covered ever since I let my chicks out. But they are spending less and less time doing it. It would be impossible for me to free range too. :( The Red Tails have been the most persistent. I would be devastated too. :(
     
  3. Junglefowlboss

    Junglefowlboss Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a bunch of hawks and even eagles where I live but they dont bother my chickens. The chickens once attacked the hawk when it was on the ground trying to get some baby chicks. They haven't cimeback since. Wish the best of luck to you guys. Try putting out a fake owl or hang shiny objects around. It helps[​IMG].
     
  4. catscabinladies

    catscabinladies Just Hatched

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    so sorry that's so frustrating! are you able to get a rooster, might be able to offer some protection or at least warning?
     
  5. julianna47

    julianna47 Just Hatched

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    Thanks for the condolences [​IMG]. This is harder than I thought
     
  6. ColtonCockrum

    ColtonCockrum New Egg

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    Last weekend i had an owl try to grab one of my 6 month olds. There are now 5 owls in my tree, so i've attached netting over the top of the pen.
     
  7. SanDogDewey

    SanDogDewey Just Hatched

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    Yeah, I don't think we'll be letting our girls out in the yard. We have eagles and hawks around here on a regular basis.
     
  8. julianna47

    julianna47 Just Hatched

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    The area that was not covered was about 6 X 6 and attached to a covered run. I guess I thought that they could get under cover if they needed to. But I was wrong
     
  9. julianna47

    julianna47 Just Hatched

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    I'd love to let them have a little open space to range, but I don't know if I'll ever be brave enough to try again
     
  10. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry that you lost the chickens. Wow, a 6x6 area is a small area for a hawk to dive into! It wouldn't take much to stretch bird-netting over that area if you decide to turn them back out.

    Best wishes,
    Ed
     

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