- Jul 10, 2009
Wow...I'm really on this! Doing on a shoestring. They are still in Lock-Down and Boaz is crowing his head off in their, but they're alright. I should have a jimmy-rigged enclosed area in the run by mid-afteroon. And so there, Mr Hawk!!I don't have too many clutter suggestions... Don't think you can go wrong with hiding places though... Mine hide in just about anything... My rabbit carrier was the nesting box of choice enforce they were confined. It's in the new run and there are 4 cochin chicks crammed in there sleeping right now. I guess I'd suggest maybe some hardy low shrubs and tough plants... Don't know what your growing zone is, but my bantam cochins did an incredible job of hiding under our hostas and tall loriope grass and in the branches of the clethra bushes when the hawk was flying around the other day.
Also I'd be interested in hearing others comments on this, but a DNR agent told me to buy a dummy owl with a bobble headand move it around outside my run every now and again.
I'm going to hang the CD's as others had suggested and I just bought poultry netting off of eBay for a reasonable price. I know what you mean about keeping costs down... I got lucky salvaging chain linked fence from an old dog kennel that a tree fell on. Anyways, Good luck!
Thanks. this seems like sound advice. I had a life-sized plastic owl once to ward off pigeons from my balcony years ago when I lived on the 9th floor. It worked for about a week and then the poopy, poopy, poopy pigeons just came back and pooped all over the owl, too. That's what they thought about the owl.Check into northern tool for cargo netting, it's relatively inexpensive and comes in different sizes. I use that as a topper for the chick pen and have hawks fly over all the time. As for clutter, any thing will do...a piece of plywood on blocks, one of those large plastic drums, or metal, with ends cut out and buried half way in the ground, hawks are the easiest to baffle imo. It just depends on how nice you want your clutter to look. I don't think plastic owls will work for long....or CDs. They get used to it.
Thank-you, too, for this. I will check it out.You should check out sportsmansguide.com for netting. They have a whole section of military surplus at good prices, so you might find something there. I order all kinds of stuff from them, and I've been happy with the vast majority of items I have ordered. If you are unhappy for any reason, you can return it. Good company.
Yes....I probably will eventually start eating my birds..but they'll like not be my orps b/c they are so darn tame. I guess when necessity comes knocking we'll eat those, too. But by the time they've finished their laying career I have to can them probably.It's tough to loose one! It's usually your favorite one too, or seems like it is. I have only one hen and ten chicks that refuses to leave the broody pen. I've left the gate open but she stays put where it's safe. With 500 or so sq feet, all the food they want, and an occasional wheelbartow of manure they are very content...the others though, want to stay outside and go where they will...but the dogs must do their part in keeping other critters away....everything eats chicken...everything. on the other hand, my coop is only so big and all the chicks are getting quite large now....so the resident predator (me) will have to thin them out a bit before winter.....