lost 2 chickens in 2 days to hawks

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by poodlepill, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. poodlepill

    poodlepill Songster

    Feb 27, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    Just buried the 2nd hen (salmon favorelle) to hawk attack. Looked out my kitchen window and saw feathers again UGH! this time the sucker was still on top of the bird eating with my mini horse standing right there pawing at it. I threw my shovel at it and it just flew on top of the corral panels, threw my shovel at it again and it hit the panels, hawk flew about 40 feet away on a fence post and watched me. He stayed there till I buried it then flew back to heavily wooded trees about 1/4 mile away

    Darn predators, I got chickens to free range, eat the nice green pasture and bugs to give me beautiful nice eggs in my secure pasture from ground predators but there is not a darn thing I can do about sky predators. I guess my plan is to lock them up in the coop+coop yard and hope the hawks thinks is easy free meal is gone?
  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I suggest you fix things so the darn hawk can't land or take off easily.

    No wide open spaces and plenty of places for the birds to take shelter, like shrubs or low to the ground trees.

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