HELP! Hawks keep flying over our birds, pond, yard. How to scare them?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by petitesphinx, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. petitesphinx

    petitesphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We see 2 large HAWKS flying over our pond, yard, barn where our birds are. Is there anyway to scare them away and keep them from eating our chickens and ducks? Like a scarecrow?

    Thank you!!
     
  2. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    I don't know of any scarecrow. I can't do it but my old man put a turkey choke on the shotgun with # 6 or # 8 shot. It's a hard decision but when you are standing in your yard admiring one of your hen's with biddies and a hawk flies down and grab's a baby right in front of you, well then the hawk made the decision for itself. It has to go!!! Good luck with your problem.
     
  3. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    It's technically illegal to shoot hawks, at least in TN. Dunno about other parts of the world...
    I don't have an answer for you, Petitesphinx, but if you come up with a plan let me know. One swooped through my yard the other day. Freaked me and the chickens! I haven't seen it since, but I'm sure he's still around. Eek!
     
  4. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    I think shooting raptors is illegal, isn't it?

    I have covered runs for all of my birds because we have so many eagles and hawks. That's the only thing that works for us.
     
  5. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2008
    Washington State
    I had a dog that would chase hawks out of the yard. He was relentless about it too and I never lost a chicken with him around. I did not train him to do it, he just did. I have a new puppy now and I hope she somehow figures it out too and will keep the hawks away. [​IMG]
     
  6. Aisle12Farms

    Aisle12Farms Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Hawks can be such a headache. We had them a lot in AZ - - sometimes they would carry off the cats. A friend recommended hanging cd's (we used the one's that came as junk mail) all around the yard. It worked. They hated the flash reflections. Good luck to you.
     
  7. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

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    Cover your run and encourage the crows to hang out at your place. Crows will not abide a hawk being anywhere near them. Its almost comical watching the crows gang up on a hawk.
     
  8. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    What about a hawk trap? I'm not sure if they are legal, but they work. You just put a large snap trap/fox trap on a tall fence post with a few feathers in it. The hawk swoops down to grab the feathers and snap, no more hawk. I am sure I will get some negative thoughts on this, but they work. [​IMG]
     
  9. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    Quote:I heard to use cotton ball's instead of feather's. Like I said I couldn't do it but it didn't stop my old man and it is illigal. I now have 95% of my bird's in covered run's. The last 5% refuse to be caught.
     
  10. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    someone said on here a while back that they hang cds around the yard, the reflection keeps them away.
     

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