How can I deter hawks?

lablover

Songster
7 Years
Apr 7, 2012
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I have 5 hens and a rooster that free range part of the day. The rest of the time they are locked in a fenced in yard that attaches to their coop.

Lately I have seen a hawk twice flying over them and even perched somewhere low on the ground. They hens completely freeze after they run for cover and the rooster starts clucking like crazy.

Is there anything I can do?
 

chefman4u2

In the Brooder
7 Years
Sep 17, 2012
27
5
24
Knoxville TN
Well your not supposed to kill them as they are protected, but most owners feel that they have the right to protect their farm animals and I agree. I suggest a 12 ga with a shot larger than #4.
 

lablover

Songster
7 Years
Apr 7, 2012
572
11
124
Haha!
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Fluffnpuff

Songster
8 Years
Nov 6, 2012
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24
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Well your not supposed to kill them as they are protected, but most owners feel that they have the right to protect their farm animals and I agree. I suggest a 12 ga with a shot larger than #4.

As said above, it is illegal to kill hawks. That being said, if you do kill one, and I'm not encouraging you to do so, don't admit it on an online forum, email, or txt. That and burry the body deep. Maybe take into consideration how close neighbors are to you and whether they would see or report you.
 

linuxman

In the Brooder
7 Years
Jul 2, 2012
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Keep your birds locked up a couple of days and most likely the hawk will move on

The problem with all this is that one hawk actually went into the back of the coop and killed two 4 month old hens under the roost, AND THEN SAT THERE ON THE GATE!!! We may have scared it off, but where we are, there have been so many hawks this summer, from last winter, that this may be a common occurence. We have the fishing line strung, plenty of shelter, but the darn little coopers hawk has now killed 3 hens and a full grown roo. Help!
 

citychickx6

Songster
8 Years
May 14, 2011
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Loveland
Have you thought about doing a chicken tractor. No it is not free ranging as they are doing now but it is much safer.
I too have hawks trying for my hens. I am not allowing free ranging at all now. In the spring I am redoing my entire coop set up to give them more space.
I am also fencing in my garden area and putting netting over top of it for even more space they can use.
I will have to fence in every plant in the garden of course. It is better than losing a hen IMO.
Any other time out of the run will have to be in a tractor here.
Just a thought.
When I took on raising hens I also took on looking after their safety. They may not always like it but I have a responsibility to do it.
 

chefman4u2

In the Brooder
7 Years
Sep 17, 2012
27
5
24
Knoxville TN
Get a bigger farm animal in the same area. Goats work good or raise a puppy with the chickens (no guarantee that it won't become a chicken killer...)
 

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