Stupid hawks

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickchick224, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. chickchick224

    chickchick224 Just Hatched

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    Well it happened. I lost my first chicken. I believe it was a red tailed hawk. I cried like a baby. I witnessed it happen but was too late to save her. My chicks have a coop that is surrounded by a fence. The coop is nice and secure. For when they're in there at night. But the defence around it is only about 4 ft high. And nothing covering the top. I feel like my only option is to redo the fence. Make it smaller and put a top over it. Will that even keep the Hawks out? Or are they persistent? Oh man.
     
  2. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read a lot of posts where people plants bushes, have boards over blocks, things like that so their chickens can run underneath them and protect themselves from hawks. Of course one of the chickens has to sound the alarm.

    Sorry for your loss.
     
  3. iLikeMineFried

    iLikeMineFried Out Of The Brooder

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    We have hawks, vultures, and eagles that circle our house daily looking for an easy meal. We attached 8 foot tall pvc pipe to the corners of our run, put tees on the tops and strung fishing line between them, crisscrossing as much as possible. Then we took that foil tape for duct work and made little tags of it that blow in the wind. Birds of prey will not swoop down to tackle prey if they don't have a quick exit, and they can see the fishing line from above, so they don't bother. I'm sorry you had a loss.
     
  4. chickchick224

    chickchick224 Just Hatched

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    Maybe I'll make something like that. They can all run under the coop. Which is where they've been hiding for the last 7 hours. My area isn't out in the ooen. It's pretty covered w trees. But I guess a hawk could just sit in one of those trees and swoop down.
     
  5. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of my area is covered by plants bushes trees chickens tend to stay in the weeds and not in the middle of the yard also put cds in the trees the sun reflecting off the cd will scare hawks away
     
  6. chickchick224

    chickchick224 Just Hatched

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    I tried uploading a pic of my area. It's not working for some reason.
     
  7. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you on your phone or laptop people keep having trouble posting pics on there phone
     
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  8. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bird netting is easy to support and cover the top. Not strong enough to keep out raccoons but will keep out hawks & owls.
    Online poultry supply places have it.
     
  9. chickchick224

    chickchick224 Just Hatched

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    I'm on my phone :(
     
  10. JoshFig

    JoshFig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree on this. I have a 4.5' fence around my run w/ a secure coop. Deer netting over the top. I have had no issues w/ hawks. Agree that it won't keep coons and possums out, but they usually won't come around during the day.

    At 4' your chickens will fly out when they get bigger as well so you will need something over the top.
     
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