HAWKS WHAT CAN I DO?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lollygag1, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. lollygag1

    lollygag1 New Egg

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    A HAWK KEEPS COMING AROUND AND TAKING MY CHOOKS, WHAT CAN I DO, WILL FLAGS FLYING, OR CD'S IN THE TREES, SCARECROW? HELP
     
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Some of those things can help a little but for the time being you unfortunately must put them in lockdown to avert another attack because the hawk will be back often to acquire another meal. Especially now that it sounds like it has had more than just one meal at your place. (you could possibly give them some fresh air outdoor time while you are directly supervising them, up close, with eye to the sky)

    Can you create a covered run somehow, or part of a run? Some folks string netting over their runs or run rope back and forth all over the top so a hawk is reluctant to dive in. If yours free range they're in trouble now that the hawk found them.
    I know - it's such a dreadful dilemma.
    JJ
     
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Flags, CD's, even kites....will work for a while...but they seem to get used to them. The BEST thing to do is keep them in lock down. Out of sight, out of mind. After a few days...the hawk will think they are all gone, and will go look elsewhere for a free meal. Can you put in a covered run for them?? That would be the safest thing for them.
     
  4. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know friends that have had real good luck putting out a large decoy owl, and using the blinking red laser lights. There are other methods too...[​IMG] Good luck!
     

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