The birds are using my yard as hunting grounds?! (photo)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ll, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. ll

    ll Songster 7 Years

    How can I get them to leave? There must be something they don't like?
    I don't want to get another dog, we started having predator problems after he died.

    Heard bird screaming on Saturday.
    I knew that didn't sound good.....
    Sunday found remains in the furthest corner of our property.

    After some googling I identified these as: Yellow Shafted Flicker (woodpecker)

    I saw the hawk culprits too. They were finishing it off for breakfast.
    Yes, there was a pair - I wish I got their photo.
    Cooper's Hawks ~the one I saw up close had a dark brown head. (Juvenile?)

    See the blood in the top right corner of the photo below (yuck)

    Alot of thrashing around going on in that deep snow. (15")
    This is also along a deer path, this is now marked with a massive fresh pile of dung balls.

    Below is a pic of some nice deer tracks on the path to the henhouse too.
    My DH saw 5 deer in our yard this morning on the path we shoveled!

    We have found many piles of feathers over the years - mostly Mourning Doves.
    We ALSO had a bluejay attack & kill a baby cardinal fledgling with a single blow to the head while holding it on it's back with it's feet ~ while it's parents and I watched. That was in the summertime ~ and traumatizing. For no other reason that it was the bluejay getting rid of competition. The cardinals try a nest every year in our yard & the bluejays ruin it every year.
    Is there ANY way to discourage them? [​IMG] I don't want our yard to be desirable hunting grounds!
    I have pinwheels placed around the yard, but this current snow cover is making them hungry. *sigh*
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2014

  2. If you saw a pair, it could be a nesting husband and wife protecting their territory. Bad news is they will raise their baby and teach it how to hunt on your land.
  3. Bert2368

    Bert2368 Songster

    Nov 19, 2013
    East central MN
    Yes. Just another food source, no professional courtesy is extended.

    Makes sense. It's a meal, and there's less competition for the next meal too

    Great horned owls will also take smaller owls in their territory, such as snowy owls. They will even knock off hawks as large as red wings in the night. I've used plastic owl decoys around my garden, and had a large hawk smash them right off their bases.

    "The big ones eat the little ones- So the little ones got to be fast!"

    REDNECK TRAPPER In the Brooder

    Feb 16, 2014
    Shoot them and you shouldn't have any problems

  5. Depending on the species, you might need to call wildlife management to come get them.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Only guaranteed way to protect your chickens from hawks is a covered run.
    Dogs can help, as you know.
    If you're lucky enough to have a lot of crows around, they will drive off hawks.

    This is what I did...and it works as you can see.
  7. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

    Aug 2, 2009
    Ocala Fl
    I started with one crow, and I threw an egg out in the yard and he ate it and now I have a good size flock of crows that hawks don't come around,

  8. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Songster

    Oct 15, 2010
    Westfield, Indiana
    For large free range areas it is great to have bunkers or places for the chickens to take cover. A rooster will help and sound the alarm when he sees trouble. We use a couple large decoy owls right on the coop to discourage hawks from hanging out in the area. The hawks hunt field mice and smaller birds on our land but don't bother our chickens.

  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I have encouraged the crows to stay around. If a hawk come around and the crows are around they will chase off the hawk.

  10. Bert2368

    Bert2368 Songster

    Nov 19, 2013
    East central MN

    Not allways the best way. If you kill everything that eats rodents on your property, suddenly you'll find an awful lot of mice & etc. living with you and in your chicken feed-

    I've got 2" snow rated mesh over a 30'x60' run. The chickens eat the mice inside, the hawks and owls eat the ones outside- I haven't seen an indoor mouse all winter. There is a great grey owl hanging around that dives right into snow banks to grab mice from their tunnels, it's amazing. Took me a while to figure out what all the strange marks on the snow were from- I hope it stays around!
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