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how to protect free ranging chickens from hawks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Adamschickfarm, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. Adamschickfarm

    Adamschickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be living on 10 acres with 2 wild hawks. Any ideas on how to protect my beloved (soon to be) free ranging chickens?[​IMG]
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    Hawks are difficult to deal with. I have many around my territory and I just can not let my birds free range. Some people rely on a good rooster or guard dogs or even llama's. If you have an area that you can cover with poultry netting, this will keep the hawks out. You might want to do some reading in the Chicken Predators and Pests section in the learning center on some possible tips and hints on keeping your flock safe...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-predators-pests-how-to-protect-treat-your-flock

    You can also post this question in our Predators and Pests forums section here on BYC...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/13/predators-and-pests

    Good luck with your flock and enjoy BYC!
     
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  3. Adamschickfarm

    Adamschickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  5. Oh and I would certainly get a large rooster! They are the best hawk protectors!
     
  6. Adamschickfarm

    Adamschickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you to all
     
  7. chickadee43773

    chickadee43773 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]Thanks for bringing this topic up. I plan on letting my chickens free range too. I know we have hawks in the area because I just saw one on a trail cam last week!
     
  8. CarolinaHen

    CarolinaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've lost two juveniles to a hawk just this week [​IMG] We thought they were big enough to leave the grow-out pen, but apparently not.
     
  9. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright and welcome to BYC





    Hawks the only way to deal with them is to keep your chickens locked up or invest in some Ravens to fight them off .......
     

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