Plastic Owls

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Brian, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Brian

    Brian Songster

    Sep 30, 2007
    Jacksonville, ORegon
    If I put a plastic owl out next to the chicken run, will it scare the chicks? Will it scare off hawks?
  2. eggchicken master

    eggchicken master In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2008
    white salmon,washington
    for the chics, i doubt it. and hawks are'nt stupid, they will eventully figure it out, anyway i think its worth a shot.
  3. HenHappy

    HenHappy Songster

    Feb 16, 2007
    on my way to you....
    I think you need to move it around periodically for it to be convincing. I know there are ones out there that also have a motion sensor in them so they will hoot when something moves around close to it. That may help too.
  4. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    We put one near the garden to scare the little birds away from my corn & veggies. The little birds used it as a landing site and pooped all over it. The chickens were NEVER scared of it. The hawk still circled overhead eyeballing my chickens.

    A motion sensor that hooted might've had a more positive impact.
  5. greeneggsandham

    greeneggsandham Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    I have one that was given to me and stuck it on a post. Well the hawks and chickens could care less about it, but it took my mare a 1/2 hour to realize it wasn't going to eat her. I couldn't stop laugh she would get about 2 feet away from it snort, the owl would move a tiny bit from the wind and she would turn tail bucking and running. She can be such a goof.
  6. Brian

    Brian Songster

    Sep 30, 2007
    Jacksonville, ORegon
    I guess they are useless then...accept for April 1st around the horses. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2008
  7. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    A friend of mine has great success with his. The chicks were scared of it at first, but then got over it. His plastic owl has a head that swivels and bobs with the slightest wind.

    It also helps to move them around periodically. I imagine the owl that hoots would have better success than just the basic stiff plastic owl.

  8. anya40

    anya40 In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2007
    Greenfield, IL
    I bought one a few years ago when I still lived in St. Louis. Got it to get rid of the dang pigeons. Didn't work at all. They would knock it off the rafters onto the porch, so I tied it on there. They would sit on top of it and peck it and poop on it. I had a problem with them for 10 years. Low and behold the thing that finally made the flying rats disappear was 2 hawks that took up residence in a tree in our backyard! A rarity in such an urban area. I still have my house there and was down last week. The hawks are still hanging out there and there are still no pigeons. I guess it's all relative. I loved the hawks in the city, but loathe them here in the country. They are the size of prehistoric birds. I have never seen such huge hawks and eagles in my life. They are quite a menace to me and the girls. Maybe I can try to trap the bad boys and ship them to my house in St. Louis! LOL.
    I'll try bringing the owl up here and see if it does any good. I'm betting not. These hawks and eagles have actually swooped down on my german shepherd. You would think with his barking and chasing at them that they wouldn't bother with something as big as a german shepherd. But, I've learned to put nothing past these flying wonders. They are just so very intelligent and spend their days trying to outsmart me. They usually win!

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