Help!!! i have an innate fear of hawks!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Countrypltryfan, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. Countrypltryfan

    Countrypltryfan Out Of The Brooder

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    A month or so ago, i awoke to non-stop crow cackling, when i went out to investigate, i discovered a murder of crows were heckling a red tailed hawk (who because of the frequency of sightings and hawk calls, i suspect lives VERY close) upon closer inspection once the hawk had flown off, i saw it had attacked and killed one of the several young turkeys that frequents the property with their mother, roughly the size of, or maybe a bit bigger than my young birds. since that day i have been mortified of letting my 13 birds roam on their own, each one is like a dear pet to me. but i do not have the time to spend out near the coop watching them for hours every evening, and i feel terrible only letting them roam twice a week or so.

    Is there anything short of turning the entire area around the coop into a covered fenced area, that i can do to keep the hawks away so that my birds can roam and forage in peace?

    *actual photo taken from my porch
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    *and a couple snapshots of the flock i adore and dread losing so much.
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    (I've even considered getting a goat as a sort of 'flock guard'...would that even help? or an owl statue? does that even scare anything other than pigeons? i don't know...*sigh*)
    any advice will be greatly appreciated, thank you so much in advance.-Country
     
  2. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    An owl statue may deter hawks. It may also scare your chickens. :)

    I do not know how a goat will help against a hawk. But it may.

    If your chickens are walking in the open, there is always a chance that a hawk will kill them.

    I suggest having a large enclosed run for them, and just allow the chickens to free range when someone is around.
     

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