Legal Elimination of Hawks and Owls

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MayberrySaint, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    You're right, run towards or yelling at them are also harassment, which many people don't realize (I often see people, especially children, doing this to wildlife). Also, letting your dog (or cat) chase or attack hawks or any other migratory bird can also get you into trouble

    But, walking up to a hawk and making it leave your chicken it was trying to kill would probably not be harassment. I know with me, just standing and looking at a hawk is enough to make them want to leave.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2010
  2. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    Wow thank you for the info [​IMG] I myself have been very lucky in the predatory bird area not having any go after a bird of mine yet (knock on wood) [​IMG]
  3. Capvin

    Capvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    Lake Placid, FL
    We have lots of hawks that fly overhead constantly. I suspect that they have plenty of food with all of the rabbits and cotton rats that are very abundant. That said, once in a while I let my chicks out of their run for an hour or so. While they are out I sit and watch them with a shotgun in my lap loaded with #8 shot. It is not my intention to kill the hawk (and I never have) but when they fly overhead and look like they have an intent to swoop down I fire off a shot near them and so far that has scared them off. Would hope I am never in a position where the hawk is not convinced by the first shot to fly off.
  4. Chik cadee

    Chik cadee New Egg

    Apr 9, 2012
    Maybe someone could help me. Here is the issue we're having:

    Every year, a couple of goshawks come back to nest in the nearby forest (I'm located in Quebec). The problem is that there are trails (horse and hiking) close to where these birds nest. They have attacked riders for some seasons now. Because they are a protected specy, nothing seems to be possible to correct the situation. However, because of their agressive behavior, can something be done since they are attacking humans ?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    [[[[[.......other than endangered or threatened species and bald or golden eagles. ....]]]]

    Sorry, but you are misinterpreting.

    The rules about getting permits to kill or chase with cannons is about crop eating protected birds like Canada geese.

    You can protect crop land and fruit trees. You can not get a permit to kill raptors for taking a few of your chickens. You will be advised to pen your chickens up because that is the very easy solution to your problem.

    You see that bit about "endangered or threatened species"? That includes the raptors. See the "other than" That means it doesn't apply to them.

    Believe me, you aren't getting away with a $50 fine for killing a hawk.
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  6. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    candians are quick to get google e-permit :)
  7. aquaponics3712

    aquaponics3712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2012
    Bowling Green, KY
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  8. aquaponics3712

    aquaponics3712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2012
    Bowling Green, KY
    Yes actually. (Replying to the person who asked if we had actually SEEN a hawk kill a chicken.) For 2 months now (at least) we have been chasing off hawks who swoop down into our front YARD and take chickens with our swinging our arms and yelling. They do not care one bit that we are protesting. Our front yard is treed, we have let grass grow up around the perimeter for the chickens to hide, and have taken to sitting on our front porch to work (we work from home) so that we can try to protect our chickens. And these hawks are bold and determined. They will come in and roost on one of our smaller trees (literally just above our heads) and swoop in. They in no way are deterred by our presence. It is going to be VERY expensive for us to cover our entire front yard. I am beyond frustrated by stupid laws that keep us from protecting what matters to us. OH.....and my cousin had his DOG (a smaller breed - Bishon) picked up from his back yard by a hawk. He was screaming and waving a broom. It is unreal that we have to put up with this!
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  9. Artbrat

    Artbrat New Egg

    Oct 27, 2014
    San Diego County, CA
    True! We had red tailed hawks take young roosters twice. Each time they took the heads and flew off when we rushed out to chase them away. There was a big pile of feathers left. I image the roos fought back a bit.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2014
  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.

    What precautions have been taken, and when did you take them? After losing 12 chickens? If they were taken before birds #11 and #12, what precautions were you attempting? Just wondering since it didn't seem to work - maybe someone else can avoid the losses you've suffered by knowing what it was. Something to consider in the future - if you start losing birds at a steady rate, it might be time to build them a nice, covered run to keep them in until the hawk or other predator moves on. When food is no longer readily available, they do move along. Have you fired a gun before? Shot at a moving target? Had any kind of firearm training? Where do you live? Country? City? Something in between? Close neighbors? Anyone who might turn you in? Lots of things to consider here. And yes - as a hunter, and having family and friends that hunt, I get nervous when a non-hunter starts talking about blasting away (illegally at that) at a predator. Not saying people who don't hunt can't shoot - I realize there are people who trap shoot, etc. But I'm willing to guess most non-hunters aren't involved in shooting sports.
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