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Hawks repellent, deterrent , Need Help Advice...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by westpur, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. westpur

    westpur New Egg

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    [​IMG] Saw a hawk sitting in a tree in a lot next to mine. The hawk was watching my chickens scratching and just having fun in the yard. I have a large pen , but I let them out for a few hours each day to pick some grass and eat some bugs and stuff like that. Well one chicken was about 10 ft in front of my chair , working on catching a cricket. The hawk launched from the tree diving right to where the chicken was. I jumped up and yelled at the hawk, the hawk screamed back and came right in, but the chicken flew into the shop behind me. The hawk turned about 4 ft. from me and screamed again. What the *&#$ is this about. I have never been this close to a hawk that was determined to have fresh chicken. So what repellent, deterrent , can I use to keep my chickens from having a heart attack , or turning into a meal ?[​IMG] I bet she will not lay for a day or so:(javascript:insert_text('[​IMG]',%20'');
     
  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This may sound nuts but start feeding the wild birds outside. Between the blue jays, robins, and crows around here they are forever chasing hawks out of the yard. I free range mine all day every day and have only lost one hen in 4 years to a hawk. I have seen first hand the birds dive bombing the hawk until he gives up and flies away.
     
  3. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    I use a pair of Pomeranian Geese, and narrow run that T the trees so the hawks don't swoop in
     
  4. vtsarahb

    vtsarahb Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Tom Turkey is my hawk deterent. Haven't lost one since he came on the scene.
     
  6. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    Quote:Turks work good for hawks and owls, were the turks are the owls are not.
     
  7. westpur

    westpur New Egg

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    Well Turkey is it then . I see a few locals selling baby turkeys so I will contact them and buy a few Toms to strut around the yard, until then my chickens are going to have to give up the free range life. I was outside today and saw the hawk sitting high in a pine tree. I know what it is thinking. No chance today. I picked some grass and a few cobs of corn and the hens are just as happy. Tomorrow I'll go and pick them up some crickets, and research on growing some crickets for treats for my hens. I'm excited I can buy more poultry and have a reason ...javascript:insert_text('[​IMG]',%20'');

    Thanks for your help and input !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!javascript:insert_text('[​IMG]',%20'');
     
  8. PlymouthRocker

    PlymouthRocker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw a hawk in our yard yesterday when I drove up the driveway. It flew to the backyard when I drove in. All 24 of the girls were in the coop, and I was happy to have netting covering the run. It took them about an hour to come out after the hawk visited. It was a beautiful bird, but I want it to eat the chipmunks and mice we have, not my girls!
     
  9. SS

    SS Out Of The Brooder

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    I have pondered over this for some time now also, I don't wanna kill or hurt them I'm almost thinking..............................Paintball gun?
     
  10. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    Quote:Not a real good idea. Bird bones are fragile, and paint will really screw up their feathers.

    Check out that other thread that somebody else already posted a link to. Things like bird netting, hanging CDs or pie tins, making an overhead spiderweb of nylon line, and other ideas have all worked for folks.
     

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