How to protect against hawks

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bmt123, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. Wrooster

    Wrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2013
    Northern Florida
    Ours roam a fenced space about that size. Lots of trees and shrubs. In fact, until we fenced it for the chickens it was difficult to walk through it, but they've eaten or trampled a lot of the small stuff. Sometimes I see them standing very still under shrubs while a hawk sits in a tree, but we've lost none to hawks. The "flight path" for a hawk would be challenging.

    For a few years before that, they were truly free-range and some of their space was more open but no losses then, either. It's a pretty wary bunch of birds and they are watched over by a very capable rooster.

    I've heard that stringing monofilament fishing line above them will keep the hawks away and I think it probably would, if you had enough of it. I decided not to try it when I realized what it would take to get it up high enough and spread out far enough.

    Any cover would need to be close by when they need it. A diving hawk moves very fast.
  2. bmt123

    bmt123 Out Of The Brooder

    May 5, 2013
    Yah I am thinking about putting a few shrubs in the middle of the yard so they would never be more than a few feet away from cover. I can not get a rooster because I dont think that my neighbors would appreciate that very much.
  3. bmt123

    bmt123 Out Of The Brooder

    May 5, 2013
    I heard that guineas could help with hawks is that true.
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    They maybe more resistant to hawks in more open settings but I doubt they would protect chickens. The guineas simply have the appropriate escape response for more open settings.
  5. pambaum

    pambaum Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 26, 2011
    Kempton Pa.
    I live right in the migratory path & stopover breeding grounds of raptors! So, I'm researching the same thing. I'm going to try a few things...the 1st thing is crow decoys that they sell on Amazon for some other purpose. A wonderful woman on The Chickenistas facebook page swears by the decoys... I'm going to do the CD's on trees and bushes. I have a plastic owl, but I think they're on to that. Maybe I'll get another anyway...and I'll try making a scarecrow too!good luck to both of us!
  6. Bob G

    Bob G Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2013
    Northwest Florida
    Hello, Pambaum, I've thought of using fishing line and CDs, as well. I have plenty of both, but I wonder if you could provide more details on how it's done. I know I can just throw one end of the line into the trees with a heavy weight on it for retrieval. Do I just let it hang with a CD tied to the bottom end? or what. Are the CDs used anywhere besides hanging them from trees? I have about 150 of them gleaned when my nephew moved out. Thanks for your assistance. Bob
  7. biteme2134

    biteme2134 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2013
    My Coop
    My understanding is the CD's are tied to a line - the hawk lands on that line as a perch and the CD's shake causing a bunch of shaking and glare form the shiny CD's which frightens the hawk and it flys away.

    I just had my first hawk issue - I have (had) a partially enclosed run and a hawk had perched directly on top of my fence overseeing the open run... my birds were all fine but freaking out. I had two shell less eggs that day. I just finished closing in the top of my run today. All I have in the coop are full grown hens and roosters so that might have saved them since they were so big.
  8. jb59

    jb59 New Egg

    Aug 3, 2011
    I have 9 adult guinea, which do help - yes. But it's the young keets I've been losing to hawks lately.

    I must have lost 2 dozen chickens/guinea over the past 3 years.

    I'm going to take someone's advice (near the end of this thread) that advised using crow (and other) decoys. I can't remember the person's name...

    Also read that using old cd's will work. Kind of confused about this one.
  9. RollerDerbyLexi

    RollerDerbyLexi Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 17, 2013
    I feel terrible. My ignorance caused the death of my favorite chicken. I just started up in a new home and I didn't factor in hungry Hawks. My English Orphington Splash Rooster was killed. He was 13 weeks and too big for the Hawk to carry off. I feel bad cause I don't think I gave the kids enough coverage from the Hawks. The hawk flew into the open door coop and thrashed up my Welslummer rooster and Golden Laced hen. I'm off to home depot today to get hooks to hang up some CD's, getting a few bushes to put around the coop, a doggie door that I'm going to cut up like this

    I am also going to up a bird netting above the chicke[​IMG]

    n door out about 3 feet with steaks. It's a start!

    I live five miles from the Ocean in Texas. We are surrounded by birds. I love it, but it's coming with a bit of a price.

    Rest in peace little Pepper!
  10. hayley3

    hayley3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    Sadly, til something tragic happens we have all been guilty of some ignorance causing harm to our chickens. I know in the beginning, I lost a few birds cause I wasn't aware they had so many predators.
    So sorry about your birds, he was a beauty.
    But wasn't that door just to keep out sparrows and such? And my barn swallows would still be able to use that door.

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