What to do after my flock has been frightened/traumatized by hawks and crows??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BearBee21, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. BearBee21

    BearBee21 In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2014
    Staunton, VA
    My 14 hens mixed breed, are in an enclosed yard with electric fence but no cover. At night they go into the coop attached to the barn. Recently, I witnessed a chicken hawk swoop into the yard and they all ran into the barn. Nobody was attacked or killed but now they are afraid of all birds-crows and sparrows, too. Anything that makes a bird noise causes them to run to the barn. Well, now they won't come out of the barn at all. And, they have quit laying eggs which I'm guessing is due to stress. I just started them on a feed for growing feathers back or when they are molting to try to get egg production going again. How can I convince them to go outside again? They won't even go out when I scatter scratch. Help! Any ideas?

  2. I have it on good authority that both hawk and crow both taste just like chicken.

    They may or they may not have stopped laying but it is almost a sure bet that if they are laying now they are laying in a new location.

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