Red Tailed hawks, Osprey, Falcons, Eagles, and chickens flying problem

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sebrite_97, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Sebrite_97

    Sebrite_97 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 31, 2009
    Jacksonville Fl.
    I needs some advice. [​IMG] I want to let my chickens out but the mane concerns are these...

    1. There are many osprey, hawks, ext. where i liv. [​IMG]
    2. my sebrites love to fly so im nervouse that they will fly off and follow the rooster. [​IMG]
    3. ( goes with 2 ) im nervouse my birds will bunk in a tree instead of there coop at nite and be a coon, owl free 4 all! [​IMG]


    If i cood gt any advice i wood lov it. thnx.
    ps. I liv on the st. johns river in coon central.
  2. Redwood Forest Bantams

    Redwood Forest Bantams Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 23, 2009
    Hi Sebrite,

    My advice is dont! the ospreys arent going to be a problem (fish eaters), but Sebrights are too small to be considered safe free range. Even a small Female Sharpy or Male Coopers is capable of taking a Sebright Hen.

    Sebrights are very flighty like you have said, and they are very likely going to want to roost in trees at dusk. I have so much invested in my show birds (Sebrights) that I can imagine allowing them to be out.

    They are such lovely birds and are beautiful running around the yard, that I ended up getting some Hatchery Grade Sebrights (twice the size of show birds) to be "lawn ornaments" lol

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