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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by roki, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. roki

    roki New Egg

    Dec 13, 2015
    I am a new member and new to raising chickens, I purchased my chicks the end of May and happy to say I am getting eggs from my sweet girls. Today, sadly I lost a beautiful Buff Orbington to a hawk predator. I am devastated because it is my first loss.
    I have my chicken coop and roost enclosed in a barn and fenced in pastures for my hens but I don't have netting over the open areas. Now I'm afraid to let them out again. What ideas or suggestions do you have to make it safer without using netting over the top because my open area is pretty big.
    Will this Hawk come back?
    Scared and sad in The Pacific NW.
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm sorry you lost your BO to a hawk. It's always sad to lose one of our flock. :eek:( Unfortunately now that the hawk has taken one of your chickens, it will definitely be back for more. Predators always return to the scene of easy prey. And the only way to really protect your flock from birds of prey is by having some type of netting or covering over the area where your chickens roam. If you can't manage that with a free range area then you will either have to keep them in an enclosed run or else live with losing some of them to birds of prey. It will be up to you to decide whether or not the losses are acceptable. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock. Sorry for your loss. You may want to post on the predator threads to see if anyone can offer alternatives to making your area unattractive to raptors.
  4. Never Land

    Never Land Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 7, 2015
    Look at profile
    Welcome to BYC! :hugs :welcome :woot I am so sorry for your loss. I would suggest either going to Walmart or Tractor Supply and buy a plastic owl. Their usually about a foot tall and can be set up anywhere in your yard to help scare away creatures, since birds of prey, and most mammals are afraid of owls. I know they can be about $10 at Tractor Supply, but am not certain how much they are at Walmart. Hope this helps!
    ☆Never Land☆
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  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. roki

    roki New Egg

    Dec 13, 2015
    Thank you for your help, I think I will set up a net for them, I'm attached to my girls. They will be safe and sound until I get the netting done.
  7. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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