Wind socks

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by antlers, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. antlers

    antlers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2008
    East Cent Minnesota
    Several below have had problems with Hawks. This past summer I saw SOMEPLACE wind socks that looked like all kinds of birds. One was a big Bald eagle. These socks had wings that actually flapped in the wind if suspended from a tall flexible 'fishing pole'like rod. I am just wondering if any one has tried one of these (say owl or eagle) to deter wild hawks. I personally do not have a hawk problem but just a noseyness that might help others....

    Later, like this!
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2009
  2. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    I need and appreciate the help. I have been having HAWK problems. I do not want any of my girls becoming HAWK food so we are on LOCKDOWN. I refuse to allow them to FREERANGE ever again until I can figure something out and educate myself.

    I have now seen Hawks on 4 occasions this past week. Yesterdays sighting was the closest and it really scared me. This HUGE bird circled slowly for about 2 or 3 minutes. I panicked and tried to scoot the girls to their coop and this upset everyone and they scattered. I did not have any treats nearby and I did not want to leave them for a second.

    I need to know what to do or I will leave them in their coop forever. I do not want to be OVER PROTECTIVE but until I know what to do what are my choices?
  3. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    what about CDs too.? Does anyone have any great success stories with Wind Socks and/or CDs?
  4. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    Quote:I tried hanging CDs around and on the Mulberry trees to deter other birds and squirrels from eating the mulberries----I saw no difference after a few days. The wildlife seems wary and avoids something new for a while then resumes business as normal for them. The toy stuffed Tiger on the Chicken Coop roof (kids outgrown room decor) worked the longest, I think it was because of the glass eyes staring that did it.
  5. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    I have CDs hanging but porbably will look into a windsock or two as well. It's very disturbing to know a hawk was successful at getting one of your hens and I hate seeing how frightened the other hens are for days afterward. I'll try anything and everything.
  6. gwennym

    gwennym Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    Edwardsville, IL
  7. awtandrocks

    awtandrocks Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2009
    I had a big Red Shouldered Hawk Hopping around on the ground outside my enclosed coop/run on Monday.
    My BRs are only 4 1/2 wks so they only free range when I'm out there.

    I'm going to keep one for sure and maybe two roos (depends on their behavior) so hopefully once they are grown they will defend my flock for me.
  8. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I am wondering if it would work to suspend netting pretty high -- say from trees or the rooftop, ten or twenty feet off the ground, over the area where the hens free range. If there's a concern of other birds getting caught, simply tie colored streamers in the netting.

    Am I missing something? Would this work?

  9. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    My birds are exploring further and further away from the house each time they get out... Free Ranging my girls is very uncontrollable for me... They split and go wherever they want to go.. no matter what I try.
  10. skywatcher

    skywatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    Seems I should go into the wind sock bussiness

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