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Poultry and Livestock: Guard geese for hawk

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Oak Ridge, TN

January 8, 2013
2:32 PM

Post #9379333

We have a well-fenced chicken yard and our flock is in a predator-proof building at night. We have had a hawk eat at least one of our birds (we saw it happen.) Does anyone have experience with guard geese for aerial daytime predators? Thanks!
Richmond, TX

January 8, 2013
6:25 PM

Post #9379571

No, not I, but I have often wondered whether they might be good deterrents to aerial attack. Since I accidentally acquired a couple of roosters which are much more alert than the hens, none of my chickens have been taken by hawks. Previously I suffered three successful hawk attacks to my flock that I know of.

(Zone 6b)

January 9, 2013
6:32 PM

Post #9380551

Even in town here the hawks sometimes hang around. Not that I know that they have taken any, but I had my cockatiels in a cage outside and a hawk stood on the cage looking down at them. Gorgeous hawk, but my goodness!
Richmond, TX

January 9, 2013
6:35 PM

Post #9380554

Hi, LfJ! Haven't heard from you for a while, I'm glad you're still here!

(Zone 6b)

January 9, 2013
6:59 PM

Post #9380564

Thanks Porkpal, I'm still alive and kickin.

Danielsville, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 11, 2013
5:36 PM

Post #9382350

A hawk is no match for a goose, or gander, but the hawk will kill the chicken, before anything can do anything with it. Mike
Richmond, TX

January 11, 2013
7:17 PM

Post #9382422

That's why I appreciate my alert roosters who sound the alarm whenever aerial predators approach. The hens have time to run for cover.
Toronto, ON
(Zone 6b)

January 12, 2013
4:55 PM

Post #9383085

I had Polish top-knots, They couldn't see the sky because of their top-knot. They were the best invention since sliced bread for the local raptor population.

(Zone 6b)

January 12, 2013
8:43 PM

Post #9383270

I think those are so cute. Catmad, if I remember right, posted some pictures one day of hers. She has some great ones.
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

January 13, 2013
6:51 AM

Post #9383478

Yup, I _had_ a bunch :(. Robb is right, they are predator magnets. Especially the White crested varities. Really give the hawks something to aim for. I didn't get them intentionally, but the were thrust upon me. Unfortunately, I became quite fond of them, and it really hurts to lose them. There are not many left.
I will likely get some again, but only after I have a predator safe environment for them to spend their days. I have ideas.
I'll take this time to thank everyone for all I've learned here at Dave's. I won't be resubscribing, not because of the cost, but because I seldom come here anymore. I have found more active places to talk about chickens (and other things) so will be moving on. I hope to see you all in the future, It was fun :)

All the best,


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Richmond, TX

January 13, 2013
7:29 AM

Post #9383510

Goodbye! I'm sad that you are leaving. Our forum is shrinking - no longer the lively place it once was. Sad...


Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2013
4:17 AM

Post #9418568

Just saw this thread. We keep a pair of geese in with our chickens and have found that it really does reduce aerial predator attacks. During periods when we've separated the geese out for one reason or another the hawks seem to find our chickens much easier prey. We still lose a chicken once in a while with the geese but no more than one every year or so, if that.

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