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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by two j farm, Feb 19, 2017.
My husband says the same , I have to accept some chicken losses to predators but it is hard for me.
Not fishing lines, I used in the past thick clothes line and crossed it all over above my babies yard and worked. They will be confused of the crossing pattern and they will not touch, but they need to see the lines.
Yep, like clockwork.
I have not had any luck using this method with Coopers Hawks. They fly down, sit on a fence post or the coop and simply dive down through and opening and basically chase a chicken like a ground predator. I've seen it probably a half dozen times over the years.
I had to go with full netting over the run.
A Cooper's hawk here would wait for chickens to go into a brushy area along the fenceline (where they probably felt safe) and walk in there to attack them. Same thing happened along a streambed where there was thick brush/cover. It was easy pickings for that hawk.
Yep, I've seen that on my place as well. They spook the birds into taking cover, land on the ground then hop into the cover and usually when a chicken freaks and bolts from the cover they then latch onto that bird and the wrestle royal is on.
I do spend a lot of time outside with the birds out. I cannot let them out of their coop and run unless I'm out with them. I have seen a lot of stuff over 40 years with birds and predators. The Coopers around my place a sneaky they will attack right under my nose, usually when I go in to get a soda, beer or use the restroom.
I have lost way more chickens to Coopers than to redtails. I only know of one bird lost to a redtail over the 24 years I've lived on my current place. I lost three birds (smaller bantam size birds) to Coopers last year alone.
we are unfortunately not allowed roosters. I hatched one and he is about 2 months. I hope to keep him til he starts crowing. Thanks for your experience.
Hawks are our #1 predator right now. I've lost 3 chickens, including our Rooster, in the past four months, with the last hen being just last week. It's always the same Cooper hawk. There isn't much we can do. My beagles sounded the alarm a month ago when the hawk had one of the chickens cornered by the run and I ran out and scared the hawk away. I rehab'd the partially blinded chicken and she now has full sight and is back in the coop. We want to try the fishing line, etc but our chicken yard is huge and don't see any real place to tie the line to. We hate accepting the fact, but hawks, once they know of a reliable food source, are going to come back.
In these types of situations there is only one thing to do..............
Develop a taste for Hawk?