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How to Protect Chickens from Hawks

By Nite Guard LLC
how to protect chickens from hawksYou work hard to raise your chickens, to make sure they’re healthy and happy. So, when a hawk pays an unwelcome visit, you need to protect your chickens because losing a chick or hen is devastating for you and your entire flock. Avoid this situation by using the tips outlined here.

Install a Roof

If you securely cover your chicken run, keeping hawks out is easy. Now, how you choose to cover your run depends on a few factors. Do you want a temporary or permanent solution? What is your project budget? Do you want to provide protection along with shade?

Back in the ‘80s, a writer for Mother Earth News described a moment of inspiration when she realized that fishing line may be useful for more than catching fish. She placed fishing line across the top of her run, forming a web. This worked for her, but she mentioned that fishing line deteriorates. So, this is a temporary solution.

If you need a permanent roof, use wire. Chicken wire and hardware cloth are great options. You could even create a combination roof that's part wire and part tarp to give your chickens some shade.

Oakwood Game Farm using bird netting
Another option is game bird netting, which is what we use at Oakwood Game Farm.

Use a Decoy

Use a scarecrow or an owl decoy, and move them around frequently to keep the hawk on its guard.

Get a Guard

Employ a rooster or a livestock guardian dog, or both, to watch over your flock. Both are known to fearlessly protect chickens.

Bright, Noisy Flash Tape

Install Nite Guard Repellent Tape, a durable, extra-wide flash tape. The simultaneous bright flashes and unexpected loud crackling noises from our flash tape frighten hawks. Fearing for their safety, the hawk flies away, and your chickens are safe.

Want to know more about how to use Nite Guard Repellent Tape to keep your chickens safe? The team at Nite Guard is happy to help! Contact us by phone at 1-800-328-6647, or send us an email.