This owl wont stop attacking my chickens and ducks!

Horserider77364

In the Brooder
Nov 9, 2020
32
19
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Spotsylvania,Virginia
These 2 Owls come every night and try to take my chickens and ducks head off. I have a chicken run that had a netted roof with a tarp over it but instead the owl somehow smashed right through it and got a hold of several of my chickens. I may sound crazy but i have a very strong relationship with my chickens and i know all their different personalities,and it hurts so much to wake up and their head is missing. I have covered the roof temporally with another tarp,but does anyone know how i can stop these owls from coming and also what would be a good material for the roof?
 

centrarchid

Crossing the Road
Sep 19, 2009
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Holts Summit, Missouri
First when owl makes a kill, leave the carcass in place. Owl will return to finish consuming that carcass before making a fresh kill most of the time. That buys you more time to tighten up security or patch holes. First fixes are short-term. Make so ducks roost in boxes or crates that you close before owl comes in. With chickens, could you go out with a flash lite and take a picture of where they are roosting and how owl might approach them. Then post in this thread.

I have tangled with owls a lot and still keep chickens roosting free-range without killing owls. There are also approaches using heavier duty bird netting than you have used so far.
 

Horserider77364

In the Brooder
Nov 9, 2020
32
19
23
Spotsylvania,Virginia
Ive tried waiting for this owl to come down as i did leave the rest of the carcass in the pen,but it sat in its nest jus stalking me and waiting for me to leave,even though i tried to stay hidden. maybe ill look into the heavier duty netting
 

cmom

Hilltop Farm
13 Years
Nov 18, 2007
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Florida
My Coop
:welcome :frowI had an issue with an owl going through some netting. I have my pens covered but ran short and bought some crappy netting online. It wasn't what I thought it was but put it up anyway thinking it would still deter aerial predators. I moved the birds to another coop and pen after the owl had killed some. I put a camera up in the pen and got a picture of it going through the netting. Each time it went through I put another piece of netting up replacing the net the owl went through. I bought some good netting and put it up. The owl tried again but this time got stuck in the netting. We managed to get it into a cage and called a wildlife rescue. They came and got it. They said they had a release area so it shouldn't be back.
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This is the good netting. This is like the original netting I put up. Very strong. I have seen and heard owls but so far so good.
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bobbi-j

Crossing the Road
Mar 15, 2010
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On the MN prairie.
I was concerned about smaller creatures as well as big ones so I layered different sizes and different materials.
I have the welded wire as my run walls as well, with 1/2” hardware cloth around the bottom 24”. I also have an electric fence attached to my run so anything climbing up the HC should get shocked before it gets into the welded wire.
 

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