I've seen this hawk, and once after he/she just killed a really sweet cukoo ,Maran. I followed the feathers and there was the hawk. A couple of times lurking near the movable fence, and then periodically a pile of feathers. It's impossible to cover a poultry fence (electric) but in researching options I found a really interesting one and wondered if anyone else has experience with it. Black austorlops look so much like crows that the hawks stay away from flocks with a number of them. Its true Ive never had a black chicken killed by a hawk. In this case I can't shoot them- which is my usual reaction to predators. Maybe a plastic owl on a pole? It's frustrating to have to stand by without being able to pick up a gun. I am going to move some of the black hens to the movable pasture. An experiment. Interesting too that the flock has gotten wise to the risk and is spending more time beneath the chicken mobile.
Post by Holly in WA on Apr 21, 2020 9:35:16 GMT -5
I have never had any luck with the plastic owls or hawks. I put a May pole up in the center of my fryers outdoor pen and covered the whole thing in fishing net and also used orchard netting one year by fastening it with string to my electric poultry fence. That works.
My free range banties have evolved through the years to be a predominantly black flock, possibly the ones the red tailed hawks and eagles can't see as well from the sky. I think the darker colored birds don't offer as much contrast from above as lighter colored birds do. There are crows on our farm all the time and they have never deterred predatory birds.
I have had trouble with Ravens chasing the pigs off their food. I employed a trick from a bird rehab person who found black bras coming out of the clothes dry would send her charges into a panic. Armed with a few of those from the thrift store I hung them in strategic locations around the farm. That really helped keep the Ravens out. For a while we were called "the Black Bra Farm" but it kept the pigs fed and younger birds safe. The bras need to be moved occasionally just like plastic owls do. I think anything black and flapping would keep them out but the bras do look like wings.
I understand your frustration with protected predatory birds. Once they have established your farm as their hunting grounds its very difficult to get rid of them. We used up an entire box of cracker shells from the game department to attempt to chase off a pair of eagles that were raiding our duck flock. Cracker shells are special fire crackers you shoot from a shot gun. They make a lot of noise but do no harm. The eagles were smart enough to figure out it was just noise and continued to raid my ducks until they mysteriously disappeared over my neighbors property.
Doesn't help you protect your flock but I've found the only time I have hawk predation is when they have chicks in the nest and a higher food demand. Usually if I keep my smaller birds contained for that time I escape fine.
I did put little hidey things out in the yard for them to run to. The roosters got good at alerting for anything, even airplanes, but some birds were too far from the coop to race back to protection. By making pallet lean-tos and things they could get into I felt like I at least did something. Took a learning curve for the chickens to recognize the predator though.
All great ideas. The black bras are great. I started to realize that I do have quite a few black hens in that flock. though they are never the ones taken, they have't prevented the taking of others. I might also use my turkey decoy in a tree to see if that works. Crows are all over this place too and dont seem to stop it. Another pile of feathers yesterday. The predator birds seem able to count cars in the driveway
If you could get an old trampoline frame and string netting over it, they'd have a place to hide under. But if you're moving them frequently, that wouldn't be very mobile. Unless you attached wheels to it... well there you go down a slippery slope.
Crows help the chickens as they will warn of predator birds in the air and the chickens learn to run for cover. At least they do here anyway.
The Long Acre: Home to a motley crew of milking and beef cattle, a couple yard cops (dogs), too many chickens, and 5 supervisors (cats).
Post by simplynaturalfarm on May 10, 2020 12:12:37 GMT -5
While brush is bad for coons, weasled etc, I find the best thing to have is protection for chickens to hide under. And guineas - the Hawks won't go for them but the guineas shriek warnings. We have hawks in our trees and They wete pears last year when we were butchering - they would swoop to trailer we kept bones and scraps on and year boxes apart to get at scraps
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