Hawks in wooded areas...

Jencleg

Songster
8 Years
May 5, 2011
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STUPID QUESTION ALERT!!! Are hawks as dangerous in a heavily wooded areas as they are in an open field setting? We live on the side of a mountian and I am trying to guess what our biggest threat is going to be...
 

howfunkyisurchicken

Crowing
8 Years
Apr 11, 2011
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I think its easier for them to snatch a meal in an open area than one where they'll have to navigate trees and bushes. That being said, don't trust that they wont get your birdies in the woods. They are some stealthy and determined critters. Good luck- everything likes chicken for dinner.
 

Erica

Songster
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Dec 5, 2010
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It really depends on if there's a lot of shrub-height ground cover or not. Tall trees like pines make great places for hawks to hide while planning a swoop.

I've got a big problem with tall trees around my property. The forest hawks like goshawks are very clever at winging through the trees without being seen, and then they divebomb without warning. I've lost big adult birds.

So I would say a forest helps some aerial predators like goshawks...

If you could plant a lot of low shrubs the chickens would have a much better chance.
 

redhen

Kiss My Grits...
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
May 19, 2008
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Yep... they sit on the trees and scope which hen they want to pick off.... i think its easier for them. It is here at my house anyways..
 

RJ3

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 3, 2011
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A relative of mine just had an issue with this earlier this week. She lives in a heavy woods and thought her chickies were safe from airborne creatures, until she stepped outside and saw a redtail hawk in her coop! Lesson learned, the put a wire roof on immediatly.
 

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