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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kaeKY, Oct 14, 2012.
This is what I found in my backyard. Can anyone identify?
Coopers Hawk. Juvenile as in this years hatch. No good size reference but looks like male.
That what I was afraid of. He is quite small, shorter than the lirope grass in the background. These are the vicious ones, right?
Yes coopers it looks like the one that was in my backyard 3 days ago. Scared the poo out of my girls but he couldn't get to them because they are completely enclosed.
Better get your roo started in tae-kwon-do classes. He can legally protect your hens, while you cannot.
If your birds are small or hens only, a Coopers Hawk, especially a hen which is larger can be a problem. If your birds are vulnerable keep them penned up. Remember a Coopers Hawks are pretty good at getting through holes and will chase chickens into a confined space. I keep Coopers out by having a combination of adults including roosters and dogs.
Yikes, I have bantam hens. What kind of netting will keep them out? I have a secure run, but would like to cover a little area so they can free range a bit. Something like this?
The netting will do fine against a Coopers Hawk. It will not be effective against raccoons that might attempt coming in over top as well.