- Aug 26, 2009
Hello, I am relatively new to raising chickens, and I had a horrible experience this past Friday. I wonder if anyone knows how long the effects of this will last. After having my chickens for 3 years, this is the first winter that the hawks are coming for them. I've already lost 3 of my hens to the hawks. After the last attack, I rigged up fishing line and flags all above their turnout, thinking it would deter the hawks. Nope. Last Friday, they came back twice - first a redtail hawk and then later a Cooper's hawk, smaller yet really mean. I saved the last of my hens (got 3 left), but they are so traumatized that they won't even come down from the nesting boxes into the main area of the coop, which is all covered and contained. When they're locked in, nothing can get them, but they won't even go into the main part of the coop for their food. I've had to move their food/water up into the nesting boxes. There, they will eat/drink. I've never seen them so scared, and I cannot blame them. Any suggestions on how to get them back to being how they were before? It breaks my heart to see them so scared. I feel like a helpless mother. Thanks for any advice.