will a narrow run deter flying predators?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by besjoux, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. besjoux

    besjoux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2012
    We would like to do broilers in our horse pasture (we have 23 acres of horse pasture that we would like to add manure and compost to). WE'D like to kill 2 birds with 1 stone but prefer that the flying predators don't. I read that a narrow run will deter hawks, owls, etc, etc. Does anyone have experience with this? Our plan is to create a 2 panel shelter out of cattle guards and have electric netting in a long narrow run that we move frequently. Any experience with this plan? Bad idea? We really don't want to do tractors.
  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    My take on raptors is that they won't fly into an area that they cannot be sure that they can get into and out of safely. I strung colored nylon twine over my run spaced 6 inches apart. My thought is that the raptor won't fly into the area given the narrow spacing of the twine. Similarly, it would not be likely to fly in if it could not see a way out.

    So my approach is to make it difficult to get in and out. Perhaps some sort of netting over the run might help. I would think that a narrow run in itself would not be much of a deterrent.

  3. TK421

    TK421 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    Central TX
    How narrow were you thinking? A red tail hawk will have a wingspan of several feet but Wnt be deterred by electric fencing unless its covered by string or fencing. Some of your accipiters (sharp shinned or coopers hawk) can navigate through woodland areas very easily and wouldn't be scared by a narrow opening, even 3 ft or less. If its covered, then you'd be better off, but how is that easier than a tractor?
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014
  4. besjoux

    besjoux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2012
    probably 3 feet was what I was thinking. They will also be out with the horses. Maybe I should get a llama or donkey LOL

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