I love to see red-tail hawks but I have one that is becoming a pest. It is stalking my chicks, chickens, turkeys & duck/lings. They are all in pens but this hawk is one determined little fella'.
He also keeps screaming every minute or so and that is gratting my nerves....this has been going on for 2 days now. The screaming makes me think that maybe it has either lost a mate or is trying to lure one in by proving it knows where food is. We have tried running him out of the yard but he just circles back in from a different direction. Any ideas about what to do?
Get yourself a model duck, like the one's duck hunters use to lure the ducks in so they can shoot them. Put it on wheels and attach to a fishing line on a rod and pull it over the ground. In comes hawk grabs duck, finds out it aint what it seems and flies off to better hunting. Might just work, if not still a bit of fun
Colin's suggestion might work!
One thing about hawk screech, starlings here imitate it to keep other birds away from food! So it might not always be the hawk.
And yours is a problem, it might be an older one who has lost his hunting ground to a new dominant bird.
At At http://www.wildlifedamagecontrol.net/hawks.php
Believe it or not, hawks are sometimes a major nuisance to property owners. While the recovery of birds of prey from the brink of exstinction has been a remarkable wildlife achievement, their recovery can mean headaches for you.
Solutions for hawk problems.
First, tolerance. There will never be lots of hawks or other birds of prey. Being the top of the key chain, it is impossible for their numbers to increase beyond the carrying capacity of the land.
Second, remember that hawks and other birds of prey are a FEDERALLY PROTECTED SPECIES. You cannot kill them or harm them in any way without a federal and sometimes state depredation permit. So all solutions will have to be non-lethal.
Non-Lethal Solutions for Hawks.
Pyrotechnics: Scare them with the loud booms of screamers and projectile explosives. These are fired from a 12 gauge shotgun or special pistol. Some states consider them firearms and you will need proper permits to shoot them. Even if your state does not consider them firearms, you will still need to treat them as deadly. Get training and/or instruction before using these devices.
Air pistol? Track & field starter's pistol?
Another website http://icwdm.org/handbook/birds/HawksOwls.asp
Damage Prevention and Control Methods
The ultimate solution to raptor depredation is prevention. Free-roaming farmyard chickens, ducks, and pigeons attract hawks and owls and are highly susceptible to predation. Many problems can be eliminated by simply housing poultry at night. They can be conditioned to move into coops or houses by feeding or watering them indoors at dusk. If depredation persists, durable fenced enclosures can be constructed by securing poultry wire to a wooden framework and covering the enclosure with poultry wire, nylon netting, or overhead wires (Fig. 2). A double layer of overhead netting separated by a 5-to 6-inch (12- to 15-cm) space may be necessary to keep owls away from penned birds. Large poultry operations rarely have depredation problems because most practice confinement.
There are many techniques that can be used to scare hawks and owls from an area where they are causing damage. Some are inexpensive and easy to use,while others are not. The effectiveness of frightening devices depends greatly on the bird, area, season, and method of application. Generally, if birds are hungry, they quickly get used to and ignore frightening devices. Frightening devices are usually a means of reducing losses rather than totally eliminating them. Landowners who use them must be willing to tolerate occasional losses. Increasing human activity in the threatened area will keep most raptors at a distance. The most common and easily implemented frightening device is a shotgun fired into the air in the direction of (not at) the raptor. Scarecrows are effective at repelling raptors when they are moved regularly and used in conjunction with shotgun fire or pyrotechnics.
Pyrotechnics include a variety of exploding or noise-making devices. The most commonly used are shell crackers, which are 12-gauge shotgun shells containing a firecracker that is projected 50 to 100 yards (45 to 90 m) before it explodes. Fire shell crackers in the direction of hawks or owls that are found within the threatened area. An inexpensive open-choke shotgun is recommended. Check the gun barrel after each shot and remove any wadding from the shells that may become lodged in the barrel.
Noise, whistle, and bird bombs are also commercially available. They are fired from pistols and are less expensive to use than shell crackers, but their range is limited to 25 to 75 yards (23 to 68 m). Your local fire warden can provide information on local or state permits that are required to possess and use pyrotechnics.
It's frustrating as hawks are beautiful but are not keeping their distance. :(
Fireworks....sounds good. Have a drawer of them left from last year.
He left for a day or two and came back yesterday. I was able to run him off in one try today. His screeching is a little less today....he waits a whole 3 minutes in between. lol
I know what you mean though, better than constant!!!
How about adding a swinging scarecrow that you can move around so you don't have to be out there to scare it off?
Can you imagine living near a golf course or a berry farm with goose cannons and other noise makers? I think townships are finally banning them under the weight of homeowner complaints though. :lol:
Went out to check on the turkeys and he is back but with a female. My guess is they will be nesting very close and drive me nuts through-out the summer. :(