I found out what killed my chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by magikchick, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    I've had 2 chicks missing and 2 hens mutalated and now I know what did it. A hawk was on the ground between my coop and breeding pen yesterday morning. The chickens were going nuts and when I walked out side there he was. He didn't get anyone this time.

    Any suggestions on what to do. I don't want to loose anymore if I can help it.
     
  2. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    How is the hawk getting in your pen/coop area?
     
  3. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Cover the top of the coop/pens with wire. The hawk won't be able too jump in the coop. because its top is covered.
     
  4. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    I have an acre that is chain link fenced so they free range in the yard. There is a lot of places for them to hide. The two hens were both attacked by the fence in open places.
     
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Unfortunately there are only two options available to you. Keep your birds in an area that you can cover, or continue to free range and accept the fact that you will have losses. Best wishes.
     
  6. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    I have an acre that is chain link fenced so they free range in the yard. There is a lot of places for them to hide. The two hens were both attacked by the fence in open places.
     
  7. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Try hanging CD's around. Hawks don't like the flashing. Another option is to string strands of fishing line across the top of your run. I have a large run for my waterfowl that is impossible to completely cover, so over the more open areas I have the line strung every 4 feet across the whole pen. So far, so good. No losses since doing this.

    Good luck. Hawks are tough. They have been my most successful predator.
     
  8. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    We use Jerusalem Artichokes for cover. They are a wild sunflower that creates great cover. The roots are edible like a potatoe but have diabetic qualities that the starch is not converted to sugar when fresh. Has a smokey flavor too. Goats love the leaves also.
     

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