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Today a hawk took his 3rd chicken from us. We live in the city and have had chickens for some time but he just moved in and has eaten 3 chickens in a month. This one was especially dear to me because she had been raised in my room and was turning 4 as of three days ago. I heard her squawking in the yard and rushed out only to find my favorite chicken headless in the yard, pulled off of her nest while laying an egg. What is the best way to relocate a hawk/bird of prey or deter it within city limits?

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from Taylor3535 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Unless you change up the pen you are keeping the chickens in, there is not a whole lot you can do yourself. These birds are protected so be careful what you try to do. Call the DNR and see if they'll relocate it for you.

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from joelr271 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

S.S.S.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

How was it getting in the coup?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

If you have a headless dead chicken, you have a skunk or racccoon raiding your coop. Unless you have seen the hawk in action, bet on a four-legged varmint.

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

WA HUNTER.. Good observation, BUT the birds of prey are incredible hunters. Just recently I had a discussion with an avid hunter regarding planted pheasants. His dad, and he were training a bird dog, bought 5 pheasants, had a guy plant them so they didn't know where they were in the field, and then about an hour later they took the dog through the field..They shot 3 pheasants, hawks got the other two, and had much of the breast gone already on one of them. Then they talked to a game/biologist that told them the ave. life expectancy of planted pheasants is 6 hrs..either shoot them, or the hawks get them.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Tearing the head off a chicken is not the modus operandi of a hawk not even a big Redtail. Sounds like a four footed furry poultry pest to me. Beleive it or not a little weasel will take the head off a chicken in short order.

Make sure you protect your birds with predator proof fencing and bird netting if necessary. The neighborhood critters have to make a living too and they don't know they are your pampered laying hens, to them they are easy chow. The pastured poultry folks face this problem constantly.

Below is a guide to pastured poultry, it is long and intensive. The second is a simple how to article

Best of luck!
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/Pastured_Poul...

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1067295/back_yard_chickens_and_...

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from BuckBoss wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Place some sort of netting over the yard of your chick coop! And, make sure all your fencing is hole free... sounds like to have more than just a hawk problem!

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from boof wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Place a bigger bird as a decoy in your yard. I dont know how well hawks take to owls, but we used to have issues with bluejays and robins crapping all over our patio. After visiting Cabela's, we bought a huge owl decoy and hung it on our fence post and havent had a drop of crap on our house/patio since. I dont know how effective this will be with a hawk, though.

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

put some kind of roof or webbing barrier over the birds area to keep birds of prey out. Install a two wire electric fence to keep coons and other critters out. Tractor Supply sells all you need for a great electric fence for under 35.00, inlcuding wire, suppports and shocker.

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from bjohnston wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

It's not a raptor(falcon, hawk, or owl.)It's an ermine(weasel.)The best way to kill them is with rat traps. Set them in corners and shadows without bait. Worked for me when my barred rocks were being visited by them. Worse thing that can happen is you catch rats too. Good luck.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

owls will bite the head off of a chicken. they will wait until they are roosted, land next to them and just turn their head and bite it right off. happened to a lot of my dad's chickens in arkansas.

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from lawman328 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Do you remember the old WWII movies where they had all those little blimps all over the city to stop divebombers. Well you could do that on a smaller scale, about 50 of those foil party balloons at different elev. should stop them, maybe get some searchlights moving around.
You could also get some pull-string fireworks set up as tripwires for the vermincong ground attack.
Sorry just having fun!
You need need to lock em in a good coop.
Right now something knows where to get an easy meal take that away for awhile and it will forget and move on.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Put your hens in a completely enclosed pen . my hens walk out of the coop into a fully enclosed area . your hawk is just trying to make a living, It's not his fault you have a bunch of easy targets walking around your yard .

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from richard2065 wrote 40 weeks 1 day ago

I was only gone for an hour and when I went in the back yard I found 3 dead chickens laying in my yard. I do not know what animal or bird did this. The wounds on the 3 dead chickens:
1: Between the shoulder blades 1 puncture wound.
2&3 Small puncture wounds to the neck.
It ate the one chick and all that was left was feathers. No head no feet, just feathers
Don't know if it was hawks or a coyote. But what animal kills more than it eats and leaves the bodies?

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Tearing the head off a chicken is not the modus operandi of a hawk not even a big Redtail. Sounds like a four footed furry poultry pest to me. Beleive it or not a little weasel will take the head off a chicken in short order.

Make sure you protect your birds with predator proof fencing and bird netting if necessary. The neighborhood critters have to make a living too and they don't know they are your pampered laying hens, to them they are easy chow. The pastured poultry folks face this problem constantly.

Below is a guide to pastured poultry, it is long and intensive. The second is a simple how to article

Best of luck!
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/Pastured_Poul...

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1067295/back_yard_chickens_and_...

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from Taylor3535 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Unless you change up the pen you are keeping the chickens in, there is not a whole lot you can do yourself. These birds are protected so be careful what you try to do. Call the DNR and see if they'll relocate it for you.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from BuckBoss wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Place some sort of netting over the yard of your chick coop! And, make sure all your fencing is hole free... sounds like to have more than just a hawk problem!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

If you have a headless dead chicken, you have a skunk or racccoon raiding your coop. Unless you have seen the hawk in action, bet on a four-legged varmint.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from boof wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Place a bigger bird as a decoy in your yard. I dont know how well hawks take to owls, but we used to have issues with bluejays and robins crapping all over our patio. After visiting Cabela's, we bought a huge owl decoy and hung it on our fence post and havent had a drop of crap on our house/patio since. I dont know how effective this will be with a hawk, though.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from jamesti wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

owls will bite the head off of a chicken. they will wait until they are roosted, land next to them and just turn their head and bite it right off. happened to a lot of my dad's chickens in arkansas.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from pbshooter1217 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

How was it getting in the coup?

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

WA HUNTER.. Good observation, BUT the birds of prey are incredible hunters. Just recently I had a discussion with an avid hunter regarding planted pheasants. His dad, and he were training a bird dog, bought 5 pheasants, had a guy plant them so they didn't know where they were in the field, and then about an hour later they took the dog through the field..They shot 3 pheasants, hawks got the other two, and had much of the breast gone already on one of them. Then they talked to a game/biologist that told them the ave. life expectancy of planted pheasants is 6 hrs..either shoot them, or the hawks get them.

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

put some kind of roof or webbing barrier over the birds area to keep birds of prey out. Install a two wire electric fence to keep coons and other critters out. Tractor Supply sells all you need for a great electric fence for under 35.00, inlcuding wire, suppports and shocker.

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from bjohnston wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

It's not a raptor(falcon, hawk, or owl.)It's an ermine(weasel.)The best way to kill them is with rat traps. Set them in corners and shadows without bait. Worked for me when my barred rocks were being visited by them. Worse thing that can happen is you catch rats too. Good luck.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from lawman328 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Do you remember the old WWII movies where they had all those little blimps all over the city to stop divebombers. Well you could do that on a smaller scale, about 50 of those foil party balloons at different elev. should stop them, maybe get some searchlights moving around.
You could also get some pull-string fireworks set up as tripwires for the vermincong ground attack.
Sorry just having fun!
You need need to lock em in a good coop.
Right now something knows where to get an easy meal take that away for awhile and it will forget and move on.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Hunter Savage wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Put your hens in a completely enclosed pen . my hens walk out of the coop into a fully enclosed area . your hawk is just trying to make a living, It's not his fault you have a bunch of easy targets walking around your yard .

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from richard2065 wrote 40 weeks 1 day ago

I was only gone for an hour and when I went in the back yard I found 3 dead chickens laying in my yard. I do not know what animal or bird did this. The wounds on the 3 dead chickens:
1: Between the shoulder blades 1 puncture wound.
2&3 Small puncture wounds to the neck.
It ate the one chick and all that was left was feathers. No head no feet, just feathers
Don't know if it was hawks or a coyote. But what animal kills more than it eats and leaves the bodies?

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from joelr271 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

S.S.S.

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