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That scared me!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickmomma03, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. chickmomma03

    chickmomma03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was outside in the drive talking this afternoon. As I looked out toward the back yard (my roo crowed, alert crow) I scan and see a hawk perched in the CLOSEST tree in my neighbor's yard to mine. I ran out back and as I'm coming out the back door that hawk who was HUGE swooped down and was going to make an attempt to access my chickens. I think I startled it with the slam of the back door. It had swooped but right after the door slam it came back up and went off out the back part of the yard and perched itself in a squatting spot in a tree behind my property watching. I snapped a couple (crappy quality I think) pictures and went to move toward and scare it off, it flew off. I ran back into the house to grab extra wire, pliers, and a few other supplies. Headed back out and spent the next 2 1/2hrs reinforcing and running extra wire for extra protection. I had it on my to do list to add more wire in (I ran out and had to buy some), but hadn't gotten to that point yet.

    I knew hawks were a concern (along with owls and a few other predators), they like to hang out in the area, and a hawk just got the neighbor's male duck (I'm sure of it now), but I figured since I'm out there so often and the hawks hadn't messed with anything I had some time. I think since having a taste of what's around the hawks decided to be bolder. I really hope that all the work I did was enough, I feel like it is after taking a good look at it.
     
  2. LaPineEggs

    LaPineEggs Out Of The Brooder

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    Shotgun loaded with some #5s should be about right for your problem predator! Keep it close and handy to the chicken's area.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    It is illegal to shoot hawks.


    I would recommend putting a wire or net above the run or any other place a hawk could enter. I've lost 3 chickens to a cooper's hawk and I've found that's the only solution.
     
  4. LaPineEggs

    LaPineEggs Out Of The Brooder

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    Nope. Totally legal to kill any animal caught in the act of killing your livestock!

    Bye the way, when it comes to birds of prey I would never kill one UNLESS caught in the act.
     
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  5. chickmomma03

    chickmomma03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: Nope, hawks are federally protected from NOT just being killed, but intentionally harmed, so I'm screwed on that one.

    I have wire running across the top, but it wasn't enough, I had ran out before finishing so I had to buy some, and I didn't have a chance to go out and finish it. You can bet your butt I did immediately today. I spent 2 1/2 hours out there working on it. I doubt one can get in with all of it now. I can't really get a picture to show how small and tight things are now because it doesn't really show well on my phone (and hard to get a good angle to get a full pic).
     
  6. chickmomma03

    chickmomma03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: Quote: Only under extreme conditions MIGHT I be allowed to get a permit. I would even have to get a permit to TRAP and RELOCATE one of them. I would have had to exhaust all non-lethal/non-harmful options before even applying. So, my chickens stay confined and I do the best I can to protect them. It sucks that I have to accept the fact I may have occasional loss, but it is what it is.
     
  7. LaPineEggs

    LaPineEggs Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for those links. I really didn't think it would be that difficult to get a permit, but I see your point. I guess shooting the problem bird caught in the act then calling the F&G to come out and examine the situation isn't good enough anymore.[​IMG]
     
  8. jrjoplin

    jrjoplin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While not allowed by federal law some states do provide the exception for protection of livestock. Since state fish and wildlife are the primary licensors and enforcers, if you can prove the animal in question is the one endangering your birds you'd most likely be fine. I know this exception exists in Oklahoma and I'm assuming from the previous post it does in Oregon. You'd have to check the NC fish and game regulations. I don't for a minute say that prevention shouldn't be the first option but you should check with local regulations to see what your options are if you're dealing with a persistent predator.

    It sounds like your doing what needs to be done to prevent future attacks. Hopefully your flock can once again free range without unwanted intruders. :)
     
  9. chickmomma03

    chickmomma03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock never was free range (as much as I would love that in my almost acre back yard). I can't because of the hawks and owls, and other birds of prey. I already looked up state regulations for protections. Hawks are on the federally protected list (and my state listing they're listed as protected along with owls, vultures, etc). Every day they are around, lying in wait, perched in trees, it's nothing new. I was aware of the hawks, owls, and other birds of prey long before I got chickens.

    This one is specific to North Carolina (NCWRC), but it's not different than federal:

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