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Hawk attack!

close up of feathers on the ground from a recent hawk attack!

Our White Leghorn hen who likes to eat crayfish had a close call this week.

A hawk tried to swoop down and take her away, but once Lucy heard the noise our rooster was making from the other side of the fence she ran to the scene with enough aggressive barking to scare the predator away.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Good Dog.!!! The hawks around here just tune the dogs out. We now have chain link fence over our chicken pen. We can only let them out if we're with them. Wonder what hawk meat taste like. LOL

By the way: storms a comin!!!

Comment by Donna Fri Dec 6 09:24:12 2013

We string 40# monofilament fish line every 18" across our chicken areas.

Have not lost a chicken to birds of prey since we did that.

Monofil lasts for several years, sags with snow and returns to almost straight when the snow melts.

Cheap and effective!

Comment by Harry Fri Dec 6 10:56:37 2013

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