How long after a hawk attack will my girls feel comfortable?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TBoneB, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. TBoneB

    TBoneB Just Hatched

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    I lost one of my girls yesterday to a hawk. I immediately covered their yard with netting - this was on my "to do list" for early Oct as the leaves were falling! My other 3 girls went into the hen house after the attack and stayed there for 24 hours. They were eating well and drinking. One even laid an egg today. I have been going inside their fence to try and coax them out and finally they came out this afternoon and ate food from my hand. I stayed with them for 15 mins and then left. They went back into the house and stayed there until I closed them up for the night.

    How long does it take for them to feel comfortable to go outside again?

    Do you think they won't go out because they "see" the netting?

    Thanks for any insight.

    TBone
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I've had my flock refuse to go to a certain part of the garden, where a hawk attacked one of my flock for over 2 weeks. They'll likely not take that long, but it will take them some time to regain their confidence.
     
  3. TBoneB

    TBoneB Just Hatched

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    Thanks, CTKen!
     
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    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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  5. celestecakes78

    celestecakes78 Out Of The Brooder

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    My flock got attacked by a dog and I lost 2 hens and it was a good week before they came out. I had to coax them with treats and stay and show them it would be ok and eventually they went back to normal.
     

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