HOW TO GET RID OF HAWKS/OWLS

irf1983

Songster
10 Years
May 7, 2009
252
3
131
Brooksville, FL
Anybody know a trapping method or deterrent that doesn't involve a .22? Beautiful birds, I hate to shoot them.
 

Davaroo

Poultry Crank
12 Years
Feb 4, 2007
5,517
105
308
Leesville, SC
They may be beautiful and I have nothing against them in general. But they only want one thing from you - maintain the chicken buffet.

I know a simple method of trapping them... but then what?

What's part two of your plan?
 
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JessaLynn

Songster
11 Years
Aug 7, 2008
619
1
141
Sandusky County,Ohio
I put netting over top our run. Just don't offer them an easy meal. It is against the law to trap/kill a hawk so I hear. I understand your frustration as we lost alot two years ago to hawks so we fenced them in and put netting over top and now hawks have moved farther away but see them now and then.Good luck!
 

irf1983

Songster
10 Years
May 7, 2009
252
3
131
Brooksville, FL
Part 2 is driving them an hour away and releasing them. We do have a covered run but I'm concerned about free ranging them.
 

Uppity Peon

Songster
10 Years
May 1, 2009
1,091
8
161
Willamette Valley, OR
I have been told that mirrors and other shiny things reflecting light skyward is a repellant. I threw a bunch of old CDs on top of the netting in my run for that reason.

Having plenty of places where the chickens can take cover is also helpful. Hopefully your roos will spot the hawks and sound the alarm before it's too late.

A tom turkey is supposed to be helpful too. But if you free range chickens at least around here, losing an occasional chicken to a hawk is probably unavoidable. The key is to make your chickens one of the more difficult meals in the neighborhood.
 
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