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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by trishok8, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. trishok8

    trishok8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This morning I looked out at my newly built chicken coop to find a hawk sitting on top of the pen.

    Thankfully my week old babies are still in the house in a brooder.

    I'm sure the hawk was wondering when the new TAKE OUT RESTAURUANT WAS OPENING!!!!!!!

    I'm petrified to put them outside now.
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If it is a well constructed pen with good precautions in materials used and completely enclosed they will be safe when you put them out. To see a predator can be unnerving with small chicks.
     
  3. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
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    Is there a top on the coop? Probably need an electric fence too. We had to do that. Good luck.
     
  4. katknapp

    katknapp Out Of The Brooder

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    I know what you mean...it was very hard to have them go out -- you have to feel that your coop is secure. I have seen hawks in my backyard the last couple of days (a fox too) and for that reason my poor girls have not gotten to free range. Better safe than sorry (and their run is pretty big).
     
  5. trishok8

    trishok8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a top and it is well built----

    I guess free range is OUT!!!
    [​IMG]
     
  6. tebs78

    tebs78 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    gotta b b gun? Have some fun playing target practice with the hawk.
     
  7. Ga Chicken Mom

    Ga Chicken Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Texaschick, why did you need a top on your coop and electric fencing? I'm guessing the electric was for ground predators? Doesn't top netting discourage hawks?
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Please remember in someplaces hawks are a protected species and penalties and fines not to mention jail terms are the consequence of killing one.
     
  9. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I didn't realize you couldn't kill one. Crazy. I am so used to being in Tx where anything that kills your livestock is well...deadstock [​IMG]
    I have a hawk around here & haven't lost anyone to it yet. I think electric fencing on the top could make sense too...but if he really wants them...
     
  10. trishok8

    trishok8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all.
    Maybe one of those plastic owls will help.
     

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