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Coop Modifications

December 12, 2010

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Tragedy struck again last week; we lost another baby chicken (Amber, pictured on far left) to a vicious hawk. Amazingly enough, we saw this hawk linger after this attack, too. After much research, I determined that the hens could not free range the yard all day long without the potential of losing birds to hawk attacks.

Not only is it unacceptable for hawks to free-graze on our hens, but the one day we tried to leave the hens free ranging, I was crazy with worry about the birds. So worried that I came to the conclusion we had to create some sort of protected area for them.

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“What?” you say? Yes, little Black Face, out of necessity we must pen you up.

So, F. & I spent all weekend creating the ugliest chicken yard ever. Their area, while cut in at least 75% of their normal stomping ground, is 2,500 square feet (bigger than our home!). We put up metal fencing on two sides, using our existing wood fence for the other two sides. On top, we tied twine from one end to the other every eighteen inches to deter the hawks. The reasoning being the twine would interfere with their descent and endanger their wingspan.

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After having fought our way through the dense briars of the back area, the thought struck me that if the hawks are smart, they would just descend parallel to the twine. We finished with the twine in any case; hopefully it will keep the birds safe. The area is just much too large and wooded to cover using netting.  Wish our girls good luck!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 17, 2010 2:47 am

    i really hope they make it. hawks sound like a pain! but go you :)!

  2. January 6, 2011 1:15 pm

    i like it

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