Northern Harrier-help pls!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DomiHentrix, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. DomiHentrix

    DomiHentrix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There was a large bird perched on my fence yesterday watching my chickens, all my Barred Rocks where hiding but of course to silkie cochins weren't and it was about to swoop down when we walked out. It also didn't seem to be afriad of my husband and didn't want to leave. He gbot a bit close to it about 8ft away before it reluctantly flew off. I think that it was a Hen Harrier, I looked up different NorthAmerican "Hawks" and this is what is looked like

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/galvestonbirds/399906209/

    Any ideas here to prevent it's return or to scare it off?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am assuming you mean the fence post of the run. The only way to protect them in the run is to cover the run with netting. I use deer netting that I bought at Lowe's. It was $10 for 7x100. Works great.
     
  3. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful bird!
    I hope your babies stay safe. Netting works well.
     
  4. setter4

    setter4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a HUGE red tailed hawk do a fly-by over my coop last week. I have net over my run but I threw ANOTHER layer over it and left it kind of wrinkly so he would be SURE to see it. [​IMG] I don't want him to do a dive and end up tangled in the net and us trying to get him loose! YIKE!
     
  5. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I mentioned in another thread if you criss cross rope or wire on your run closer than the wing span of the smallest raptor you have around, they won't go into run. It's easier than netting as long as you dont need to keep out predators at night.
    My friend has done it for years and has never lost any to raptors.
    It's cheap and easy to do.

    Good luck

    Nancy
     
  6. DomiHentrix

    DomiHentrix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Acutally at the time they were free ranging in my yard, no in their run. I haven't covered their run yet so that is another thing I have to do. However what will DETER a hawk?

    Mirrors? Shiny things? Those fake plastic owls? Anyone with experience on this have any advice?

    Thanks again!
     
  7. ncgnance

    ncgnance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the bird netting to cover my chicken yard. It works very well, but I should have bought the 1" squares. The sparrow birds eat alot of food. Here is a word of advice, though. After covering the yard, I tied streamers made from plastic tape to the netting. I made the streamers about 16" long, and tied them about 6 or 8 feet apart. I also use this orange tape to tie to my fence wire. It just lets an animal, be it hawk, owl, deer or cow know that something is there.
     
  8. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The fake owls will scare the chickens more than the hawk. I learned that one the hard way.
    If you have a dog and you can trust him with the chickens leave him out with them, other than that I don't know of much that will stop them.
     
  9. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
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    Quote:I think some people hang old cd's or dvd's to scare them off as they are shiny like mirrors. I have no idea how well it works though.
     
  10. bluebirdfarm

    bluebirdfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    if you can make sure the girls have plenty of places to "hide " out side of the run , that would be the best deterent, like anything they can get hide under is good . For instance , ine go under the trailers that are parked nearby , or they run into the run , which is covered , or they run into the bushes and hide , LOL , they are quite good at hiding , one hen was lost for a couple of hours and boy did i look everywhere , thought she was a goner and she apperaed at roosting time like nothing had happened.
    [​IMG]
     

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