Hen Savers--Hawk Protection???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by woodmort, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dunno - I have a homemade saddle on one hen 'cause of rooster tracks, but I don't think it would have saved the cockerel I lost this afternoon. It looks like the hawk hit him really hard about 1" below the head, on his neck.
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Maybe if they cover a larger area of the bird's body than shown in the photo, and are made of kevlar? [​IMG]
     
  4. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think anything with a cloth weave could give the tallons a gripping surface for a larger hawk or eagle. The velocity of some attacks would stun the chicken for a 2nd or 3rd hit. Also the cost of the armor and the # of attacks just doesn't justify itself. I've had two hawk attacks and both were failures on the hawk's part. But the chickens learned a vauluable lesson and scoot even when the sillouett of a buzzard appears.
     
  5. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    I wonder if you put sewed "eyes" on the center of an apron if that would help? Just thinking of the masks that people in India wear on the backs of their heads to discourage tiger attacks. I don't know if that would work for a raptor but I wonder if they thought that the chicken was "looking" at them they might think twice about attacking? Just a thought. [​IMG]
     
  6. dmccann

    dmccann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is an interesting idea! But i wonder what the other chickens would do, mine seem to be nuts!
     

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