I caught a hawk in action eating my chicken

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by NewHobbyForMe, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. NewHobbyForMe

    NewHobbyForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there anything to do to keep hawks away from my girls. We went to dinner and came back 1/2 hour before dark I notice the chickens had gone in to roost hmmmm I thought kinda of early but went to close the door for the night and found a pile of black feathers, I walked around the back side of their chicken house and the hawk was eating one of the girls. I can't believe I had to scream at it stop it and get it to fly away. It had already killed her and ate the meat completely off her neck. I'm sure they are protected, but it really was upsetting to see how bold they are. Any suggestions are appreciated. [​IMG]
     
  2. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    this keeps hawks coons. ALL predators away from my birds
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    and he is still just my little pup. 18 month old newfoundland x lab
     
  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    A secure run is your only option. I stay outside with mine,but that doesn't stop the hawk from dive bombing them repeatidly. I have bird netting on our run to slow the hawk down.
     
  4. ga_goat

    ga_goat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't really know if it stopped them but I took a couple of 2x4's and built a cross
    and put some of my old throwaway clothes on it ,, set it in a post hole out behind the
    chicken yards I dug several holes in different places and move it every day or two ,
    havn't had any problems sence I put it out ,, still see the hawks fly over and around
    but they don't attack . put it up with one side of the 'arm' boards short so the end
    of the sleeve will hang down and move in the breeze .
     
  5. myfester

    myfester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry to hear about you losing a chicken (too). A hawk snagged my very special bantam Old English today as well. [​IMG] All I found were the feathers. darn hawks were back later scoping out for more chickens to grab. [​IMG]

    I did build an enclosure with fishing line zigzagging across the top. It has worked to keep the hawks out. However, my lil hen (Chocolate Chip) was an escape artist and could get OUT...which is why the hawk got her. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=411937 go down the page a little and you'll see the pics I put on showing my enclosure. Hope it helps for the future chickens.
     
  6. jacoblipford

    jacoblipford Out Of The Brooder

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    it might sound crazy but if you go and buy a Owl decoy from a sporting goods store or a hardware store might have one TSC,bass pro or the like put it out around the coop on a post something tall enough to look natural and move it around every so often hawks only enemy is a owl for all other predators possums coons foxs one of these will work[​IMG]
     
  7. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    A radio playing music/talk works also.
     
  8. wifeofyoyopro

    wifeofyoyopro Out Of The Brooder

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    I also had a hawks attack my flock yesterday. Mortally wounded one which I had to put down. And injured 2 others.

    From what I have researched today, they say that keeping them in a secured run is best but that to me defeats the purpose of having chickens. The only other thing they say to do is keep them locked up for awhile. If the hawks have no source of food, they will eventually move on and you can let them back out. But you might have to do that every year or when they come around.

    I am also looking into getting an owl to put on my fence posts. Maybe that will help.

    Sorry for your loss also.
     
  9. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
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    Quote:Beautiful pup, I'll be by to pick him up later.
     
  10. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    Ga

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