Would like to attract crows as hawk deterrent

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jjthink, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    Quote:I don't know about this. I've told my story on here before about the hawk that flew down the aisle of a friend's barn, into his indoor round pen, with him standing right there and killed his guinea. There are HUNDREDS of squirrels around this man's barn and plenty of other prey. There is a big open field outback that I'm sure is full of mice and rabbits. My son hunts over there alot and can't make a dent in the squirrels. I would definetly try to protect my birds if I knew hawks were in the area regardless of your prey/predator ratio.

    I think, like any predator, a hawk, would learn that a chicken is an easy meal and a good one at that!

    Birds of Prey aren't stupid, they know a good thing when they see it, they know it makes more sense to take out a 6-9 lb bird that can't fly or run up into a tree than a little half pound dove or squirrel.. It's why so many predators make a chicken coop a regular restaraunt, good food, easy food, and lots of it!

    I know which one I would rather eat! [​IMG] *licks lips* LOL

  2. raindrop

    raindrop Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
    I have hawks, I have crows. I have Stellar's jays who have learned to sound like Red-tailed hawks. They all chase each other around the sky. My hatchery chickens suffered some losses early on, then they figured it out. A rooster helps, only letting them outside when you are home, the dogs are out, etc. helps. Ultimately, you have to have chickens that learn "big bird overhead means run for you lives" and things for them to hide under. We keep ours in the run when we are not home.

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