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

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    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]

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    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

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    Aug 23, 2009
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    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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