It is illegal to harm them, or to hunt, trap, cage, shoot, or poison them without a permit. That is what hawks …
I stopped feeding the birds and the hawk went away. You can see the wing imprints left in the snow and a pile of White Leghorn feathers from a failed attack. Even if they decimate your flock. Depends on where you live and the laws. First, you need to know that hawks are protected in the United States under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (16 USC, 703-711). They can also spend that whole time in the same location if the weather and hunting is good. When killing a chicken or other large animal, most hawks will slay it on the ground and eat it there. It is illegal to kill birds of prey and I would never want to do that. Shooting the hawk is not an option, its highly illegal.
Doing so is punishable as a misdemeanor and with fines of up to $15,000. They are protected. You must solve your problem some other way if the hawk is protected. It is against federal law for you to harm or harass the bird in any way. Then I started feeding again. I had a hawk picking birds off of my feeders. You cannot kill a protected species.
As much a nuisance as hawks are to poultry keepers, you must know that they must not be killed, trapped, or caged. Because hawks are protected in the United states under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (16 USC, 703-711). I think if you can stop free ranging the chickens for awhile, the hawks will go away. It is illegal to hunt, harm, cage, trap, shoot, or poison them without a permit. Shooting it would not only violate that law, but probably state and local ordinances as well. Red-tailed hawks are the most common in residential areas and can lift 4 to 5 pounds – about the weight of an adult rabbit.
If that happens, I may have to resort to a fully-protected run. As a general rule, hawks cannot carry more than they weigh.
So, here are my top five ways to learn how to protect chickens from hawks and other aerial predators.
No. I would provide a cover, netting or containment for the chickens. As part of my research, I also learned that hawks can live for 20 years. So, I suspect despite my efforts, there will come a day when my relentless hawk return to hunting my chickens.