Wow...time to increase chick security!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hokankai, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This probably belongs in the Predator thread...but I put it here just because it's a continuation of a previous thread.

    Ok, so I've been letting my chicks wander around the backyard lately, which is very small due to the fact that I live in the middle of a subdivision. Well previously I had a hawk sighting (see this thread https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=382747 ) so I've been keeping a better eye out and put up a tarp for the chicks to hide under. Apparently it wasn't enough, because yesterday I had WAY too much of a close call!

    I let the chicks wander for about an hour (they are 6 weeks old and LOVE IT), went out to get the mail around the corner and came back. Went into the back to hear Alice trilling, and all of them huddled by the fence. Looked up to see the SAME HAWK as last time! I immediately did the predator call again and they all ran straight for the raspberry bushes for cover. They chilled out there for the rest of the time, dust bathing and such, until the hawk finally flew away.

    Well, this morning, he's back. So now I'm building a covered pen with a tarp/chicken wire on top for them to stay in. I hear the hawk screaming right now...and I don't want to risk it!

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  2. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    What is that? A rough-legged hawk...

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    Does this make me a bad chicken-mommy??? [​IMG]
     
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  3. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use raspberries for young bird cover as well. I am considering planting more when the DH decides where I will be allowed to epand the chicken pasture to.
     
  4. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

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    Your backyard is gorgeous! I love the fence! Hoping your chicks stay safe and the hawk moves on.
     
  5. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a peregrine falcon walking around my backyard yesterday. I doubt he was after one of my big hens. More likely the crows had driven him to the ground and he was waiting for them to leave. My hens were keepign an eye on him but going about hteir business.
     
  6. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I love birds of prey as well! He just needs to learn that my backyard is NOT a source of an easy meal...or 8...haha!

    I just stared at him for 10 minutes he was calling out and just chillin' up there...but I don't know if chicken is in their natural diet so I've gotta watch my babies! He probably doesn't even know what a chicken is actually...having his habitat in the middle of a subdivision. I hope he finds something more substantial to snack on then my boney chicks!
     
  7. Quailbuddy

    Quailbuddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the "predator call" you used to warn them?
     
  8. mcostas

    mcostas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to know as well, there are hawks here too. I keep trying to speak "chicken" so I can teach my chicks where a bug is, or to hide, but I must not be doing it right.
     
  9. sunshine23

    sunshine23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:that caught my attention too...lol

    I hope your chicks stay safe
     
  10. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll have to take a video of it, because it's amazing! Basically it's reeeally long "bawk" noises. Low and long. They start taking off right away too! It's saved their tails twice now, but works best when they are already in "alert mode". Basically they'll stop what they're doing and look around. If I make the baaaaaaawk sounds when they do that they REALLY run for cover and get really quiet until I let them know it's okay with the motherly bok bok bakok! sounds. The interesting thing is that they won't respond when anyone else in my family does it, so I think they only respond to me because I've done most of the raising.
     
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