I am now a hawk chaser - please help

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dina123, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. dina123

    dina123 Hatching

    Jul 5, 2013
    We live near a wildlife area and I am finding myself weekly with hawks in my back yard after my chickens. I can't stay out there all the time. Can someone PLEASE help me with tips for keeping hawks (and believe it or not, an eagle) away from my girls?

    We have trees and shrubs and they have their coop, but I am finding them on the ground even after my chickens.

    Are they afraid of scarecrows or ANYTHING other than me acting like a banshee?

  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Provide information about your chickens such as number, size, age and sex.
  3. bluegrasslady

    bluegrasslady Chirping

    May 17, 2013
    Auburn ky
    Probably need to build a couple of roofed chicken tractors so they can get outdoor time and still be safe:(
  4. Blarneyeggs

    Blarneyeggs Crowing

    Oct 22, 2011
    Southeast PA
    I keep a livestock guardian dog with my chooks. She does a good job running off the predators, even hawks. I've seen crows chase off the hawks and have heard of people encouraging crows to their property. Also read that a turkey in your flock helps protect from hawks. Best of luck to you.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Covered, with solid or mesh roof, run.
  6. ll

    ll Songster

    I think it's around hawk migrating season? You'll see them heavy these weeks.

    In recent years, when we've seen one circling high above, my DD and I
    will stand in the yard waving slowly with arms out to the sides.

    Pinwheels. That's the new addition we've tried this year.
    I read about CDs hanging from trees too, but haven't tried them.

    We set our pinwheels in thin PVC pipe so they'll stick up out of snow.

    ( A wild bunny has adopted our girls & has been visiting for a month )

    You can give them lots to hide under,
    lawn furniture - stick shelters - recycled tire/block/log castles
    We made teepees out of bamboo one season.
    Google "survival hut" and you can get ideas for shelters that
    will blend in with the landscape. Best of luck.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2013
  7. dina123

    dina123 Hatching

    Jul 5, 2013
    Thank you!! I have tried cds but they don't seem to do anything. I will put our deck chairs out in the grass. Yes, I have been out there as a "monitor".

    Thanks so much.


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