Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sunshinehs, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. sunshinehs

    sunshinehs In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2014
    Very sad day yesterday. I keep my chickens free range during the day. Yesterday a hawk got one of my favorite silkies, Missy :( is there anything I can do to keep these nasty birds away? For now I will keep the rest in for a few days because I'm afraid the bird will be back. Thanks for any help
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

    Jul 28, 2008
    The only sure way to keep your birds protected is a covered run. As long as you free range you take the chance of losing birds to predators.
  3. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    Unfortunately silkies, with their topknots seem less likely to evade hawk attack than some of the other breeds with better vision.
    Your best bet is a covered run, as has been mentioned. I also know people criss cross wire over their runs, not as effective as a totally covered run but better than uncovered.
    Lots of plants and trees and places for a chicken to hide will also help.
    Some people feed and encourage blue jays and crows which tend to annoy hawks,
    Do you know what kind of hawk the predator was? I've heard of people encouraging the smaller hawks which find chickens too large to prey upon in the hopes they will annoy the larger hawks.
    I also know some people who free range their chickens in pastures with goats, cows or horses as the larger animals are a deterrent to a hawk's descending on a chicken.
    Nothing protects like a covered run, but if you don't have that there are a few other steps you can try.
    We have covered runs, but when our chickens were out, nothing ever got them when the dog was out with them.
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    X2 on keesmom's post.

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