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#1 2011-10-20 21:02:23

silkielover
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Preventing Hawk Attacks?

How do you guys prevent hawk attacks? I live in the city and I ran outside when I heard my silkies screaming and there was a hawk that pinned my silkie to the ground I smashed him in the head with my rake and he flew away. Silkie was fine. Thank god for that huge furr.

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#2 2011-10-20 21:20:16

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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

Im not sure there is a pervention if you free range your birds only way to keep them safe from birds of prey would be having a inclosed yard with covered roof.


Ok after my orginal post i read you can try putting a mirror or cd's or a crystal ball on your roof near where your chickens are. This throws the hawk off but you will have to move it quite frequently. I have no way to confirm this but i guess if your worried about it coming back its worth a shot.

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#3 2011-10-20 21:32:58

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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

Jay wrote:

Im not sure there is a pervention if you free range your birds only way to keep them safe from birds of prey would be having a inclosed yard with covered roof.


Ok after my orginal post i read you can try putting a mirror or cd's or a crystal ball on your roof near where your chickens are. This throws the hawk off but you will have to move it quite frequently. I have no way to confirm this but i guess if your worried about it coming back its worth a shot.

could I put the cd's on the actual ground? it should still reflect or does it need to be up high?

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#4 2011-10-20 21:42:29

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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

I have bold eagle problems I put fish neting sespended over my pen and it works


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#5 2011-10-20 22:32:56

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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

Im not sure how the whole mirror cd thing works i just read something about it on a forum as i was browsing around. I think it needs to be high though to distract them from the air but im only talking in theory. No harm in trying it either way.


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#6 2011-10-20 22:45:25

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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

String plastic surveyor's tape back and forth over the chicken area.


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#7 2011-10-20 22:48:41

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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

the surveyor's tape is probably cheaper than the fish netting. Do you know a great place to find fish netting?

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#8 2011-10-20 22:54:45

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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

You can buy fish netting at Lee Valley tools, but a cheaper alternative is to buy cheap twine at Canadian Tire, and string it back and forth over the area that you want to protect...just parallel rows about a foot apart. Hawks can see this and they think they can't fly through it. Did this and it totally stopped my hawk attacks


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#9 2011-10-20 23:18:21

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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

I did all of that with twine the twine does not last long and the time it takes to run string lines you may as well buy the fish net allso cheap plastick fence neting works to


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#10 2011-10-20 23:23:56

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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

Maybe Ill go run some string right now for now until I get some netting. That hawk is probably close by, unless he didnt like getting wacked in the face by a plastic rake. I must have looked like a psycho yelling and swearing at that hawk.

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#11 2011-10-21 00:52:44

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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

We ran fishing line through the trees and fishing netting in a large open space infront of their coop.


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#12 2011-10-21 01:37:15

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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

Well, any garden mesh works just as well too. Check with your local nurseries. It's usually more economical than the fish net & much lighter weight, therefore easier to suspend.


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#13 2011-10-21 02:13:59

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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

You should be able to get fine gardening mesh from Rona or Home Depot.  I bought some a couple years back and it was cheap!


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#14 2011-10-21 02:35:40

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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

you have to watch though the garden mesh is good and do the job but when it snows it will callaps  wizze

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#15 2011-10-21 03:16:49

silkielover
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Re: Preventing Hawk Attacks?

Great info guys thanks alot. I put up string with a staple gun for now.

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