Should i worry about hawks?

Beaglegal

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Depends, do you have a lot of hungry hawks in your area? Then they are a BIG problem.

I manage mine by keeping an adult rooster with the flock and lots of hiding spots. He's a good boy and hides the girls and presents himself to fight incoming animals. Someday he will probably lose and lose his life for the flock, but until then he keeps the flock safe. We lose a lot of hens when we don't have a rooster.

If you don't have a lot of hawks, probably not as big of a deal especially if there's other things for them to eat. But they may well still go after young birds.
Yes, my rooster has cleaned the clocks of many a hawk. Hey that rhymes! That plus tree cover really helps, but nothing is for sure unless you have a covered run
 

cmom

Hilltop Farm
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I have good netting over my large pens. I did have a gap from some cable ties connecting some pieces together. The ties deteriorated and left a gap a hawk got through and killed a bunch of pullets almost ready to start laying. I have since connected the sections with hog rings. I got the hawk out and here are some of the bodies. I realize this is not free ranging but a hawk did kill them.
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Oct 5, 2020
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Depends, do you have a lot of hungry hawks in your area? Then they are a BIG problem.

I manage mine by keeping an adult rooster with the flock and lots of hiding spots. He's a good boy and hides the girls and presents himself to fight incoming animals. Someday he will probably lose and lose his life for the flock, but until then he keeps the flock safe. We lose a lot of hens when we don't have a rooster.

If you don't have a lot of hawks, probably not as big of a deal especially if there's other things for them to eat. But they may well still go after young birds.
I heard that black chickens can scare crows away. Is it true?
 

ChocolateMouse

Free Ranging
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Jul 29, 2013
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I heard that black chickens can scare crows away. Is it true?
Not in my experience. I had a flock of australorps at one point and plenty of crows around at the time. I've had chickens of all colors, and I will say the only major thing that seems to be effected by color in regards to wildlife is lighter colored birds (white, splash, etc) get hunted first if all else is equal. (That's IF all else is equal, a darker colored bird that's very slow will go before a white bird that's fast.)
 

Rldad1

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Jul 13, 2020
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Hawks are aggressive and they are not afraid of people. They will take a chicken right in front of you. Covered runs are great!
 

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