Would Pigs In My Yard Keep Hawks Away??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by redhen, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    So... had a hawk get one of my girls today. One if my cute little EE's.. [​IMG]
    My Pigs were locked in their pen and not roaming my yard...(like they kinda usually do..)
    When we went out there and saw her..(being eaten by a hawk.. [​IMG] ).. the pigs were going crazy... like they knew what was going on.
    Just wondering if i let my pigs in my yard every day will they help keep hawks away??
    Dumb question, i know. But i'm trying to think of anything here...
    And i know some folks will say to keep them in their run with netting on top of my pen. But i cant put netting over my run because if its size and shape and how it climbs a hill and has trees in it too.
    I know its going to be back... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2010
  2. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    There is no such thing as a dumb question. Always ask. Pigs are not protectors. Pigs are omniverous, eating both plant and meat. If they were going nuts when the hawk attacked your chicken , it is probably because they smelled the blood and wanted some too. They would be more likely to eat your chickens rather than chasing off a hawk. If they have been ranging with your flock, they probably didn't know that chickens were food. They know it now, thanks Mr. Hawk.
  3. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds reasonable to me... and bonus points because it would definitely keep the vulture (-like relatives) away as well.
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I'm so sorry Redhen.

    Imp- hope you find a solution
  5. highcountrychickens

    highcountrychickens Head Rooster Jouster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Jackson Hole
    Oh man, I'm so sorry you lost your hen... [​IMG]
    the hawks that generally do that are Accipiters, and pretty aggressive. My guess is that if it happened again, and your pigs were out - it might start a frenzy and the pigs would finish the hawk, the hen it got, then the rest of your flock. It's likely the pigs were reacting to the smell of blood as much as the scene.
  6. thebirdguy

    thebirdguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2010
    Idaho Falls
    Having the pigs out with the chickens might deter hawk attacks but only because of their large non prey size in close proximity to the chickens..
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Quote:That's my thought too. It really depends on how the pig is around the chickens in the first place.

    So sorry for your loss though.

    If it helps, we have some goats and a yak sharing our chicken's pasture, and we've NEVER had hawk or eagle problems. . . Don't know about a pig though but I'd assume the animal size thing would be a factor.
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:Gahhh! I hope not! Right now my pigs are good with my chickens an ducks.
    They've been raised together and honestly my drake beats the tar out of them and they squeal and run from him. [​IMG]
    BUt i do know that once a pig gets a "taste" of something..its all over...
    I hope that they dont start to associate my chickens with food... that would be a nightmare. [​IMG] [​IMG]

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