Red tail hawks..

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by the 412 chicks, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. the 412 chicks

    the 412 chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have alot of hawks in our area and i was wondering if therer is a way to prevent an attack.
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Obviously cover your run. If your birds free range, some say stringing fishing line (with or without shiny dvds/cds) across the areas where they hang out will deter hawks. Others suggest a good rooster (for sounding the alarm) or well trained dog...

    I watched a pair circling today...it'll be a while before my little girls are allowed out of the run....
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    We couldn't cover our run as our chickens roam our fenced orchard.

    Here's what we did, and it's been a few months and not another attack.

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  4. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a lot of Red Tailed hawks in my area as well. They do not bother my chickens, & I do not do anything preventative. I've seen the Red Tailed hawks around me chasing, catching and eating squirrels.
     
  5. the 412 chicks

    the 412 chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    idk what im gonna do. ill try something and s ee what happends.
     
  6. jessejames

    jessejames Out Of The Brooder

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    i have also been found by the local hawks. i watched one grab one of my roosters only to drop him a couple days ago. the rooster was fine, but i did loose my little banty roo a cpl weeks ago without a trace in the middle of the day abd i was thinking it was a hawk, now i am sure.
    i have seen at least one around every day now. my chick free range and have lots of space for cover and i think they are being more cautious now.
    i am wondering if there is anything i can do to help. will leaving a dog out help scare them off? i dont really want to string fishing line everywhere for my chickens and i use the same areas.

    on the plus side this is the closest i have ever come to hawks in the wild and i have always had a fascination with birds of prey i just dont want to lose any of my flock to them.

    thanks
     

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