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Predator Protection...netting...turkeys?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chisNchickens, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. chisNchickens

    chisNchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay to start off, this is a question pertaining more to my friend than myself. I have chickens AND chihuahuas, she has chihuahuas only. She has lost one to a coyote and since then spent a ton of money on fencing with roll bars? at the top. Now she is worried about hawks. We know one woman who lost more than one to a hawk. One of her babies disappeared and the next day while she was still putting up fliers/calling neighbors,etc - she watched a hawk come down and snatch another one.
    My question...is there a netting or some type of topper she could utilize? Her yard is not that large. She is even thinking of getting a large dog to be out with the little ones. Also someone told her hawks are afraid of turkeys!?? Really? I would think a turkey might be too noisy to live in her neighborhood though...
    Any suggestions aside from illegally shooting the them?
     
  2. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never saw a hawk in the last place I lived, until I got a chihauhau puppie and took him outside in the morning for potty time...then the hawk came to the telphone pole right over the yard...it took several doves and a bluejay from the feeder. Ya gotta put a roof over the pen, its the only real protection, they will sweep in a 10 foot wide area, snatch, and fly away before anybody sees it, stealthy critters.
    there are all kinds of netting and screening available, you decide
     
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  3. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Plastic poultry netting would do the trick.
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    I have small dogs and they go outside though a dog door and into an enclosed kennel with livestock paneling over the top.

    It's not just the hawks and owls. I've had a Magpie try to take a puppy and I know someone who had a Seagull take a puppy up and then drop it to kill it.

    Crows will try for a small puppy, too.

    The coyotes are the biggest danger where I am, but I've got Eagles and Great Horned Owls, too. Security for dogs is high priority at my house.
     
  5. chisNchickens

    chisNchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. Puppies, of course, wouldn't be left out alone anyway. My adults are out in a pack of around ten so perhaps that helps. There is always a large dog out for protection at all times.
    As for my friend, sounds like she is going with the netting. A LOT of netting. lol.
     

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