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4 ways to repel owls and hawks from your property

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If an owl or hawk has set a claim on your property, it’s most likely because there’s a food source readily available. Maybe you have bird feeders out to give the local songbirds an easy meal. Or, you could have small livestock you’re raising, such as chickens. But how do you keep these predator birds away and protect any small animals on your property (including your pets)? There are a number of things you can try; we recommend utilizing more than one method for the most success. 

Owl decoys or a scarecrow 

Believe it or not, owl decoys can work on hawks and owls. Hawks typically don’t want to mess with owls, and owls won’t want to try to claim a territory that another owl has already chosen. If you use a decoy, it’s important to position it in different places periodically so that it appears more lifelike. Find a decoy that looks the most realistic and moves if possible. Scarecrows are a good option because the ma birds don’t like the presence of people 

Keep your livestock and pets protected 

If your chickens have an outdoor area to run, it’s a good idea to use a netting or wire mesh to cover it so that hawks and owls can’t swoop in. Consider putting chickens in their coop overnight to further protect them. Avoid taking small pets outside if a predator bird is flying around. 

Protect small birds with an extra cover or caged feeders 

If you enjoy watching birds in your backyard and don’t want to see them get snatched up by a predator, consider offering them some protection. If you have feeders outside, consider placing them in areas of cover, like a tree, with some low branches or an awning. It’s a good idea to have other options for hiding lFeeders with built-in cages are a great way to protect small birds while they eat and keep predator birds out. 

Use repellent devices to deter them 

Things that are reflective can sometimes drive away pests and predator birds. Our Reflective Bird Scare Tape is proven to drive away these predators. It uses visual and sound effects to scare birds and other animals away. Its ultra-reflective material shimmers and shines in the sunlight, reflecting a glare in all directions, disorienting nuisance birds and animals. The metallic noise it emits when flapping in the wind creates a threatening sound that scares them away. 

Another device you can use is the Predator Guard Solar LED Deterrent Light. It’s designed to repel common predators. Predator Guard Deterrent Lights emit a powerful flash of light via twin red LED lights that animals think are the eyes of a larger predator. This light triggers 

These are just a few things you can do to keep predator birds from laying claim to your property. You may also find additional avenues for success, like having a guardian dog, or a rooster, or installing plastic dull spikes on perches to keep birds from landing.