I agree with the others to leash the dog. Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is illegal under federal law to kill, capture or own any species of hawk. Consider a large owl decoy to deter hawks but remember to move it around as you would a scarecrow. The reason for this is twofold. Ungulates have dichromatic vision; they only see yellow and blue (along with black, white and shades of grey). A customer just called me to ask me if the color red deter hawks. Many birds have red or yellow on their wings that only shows when they fly away (which signals to other birds to fly away too). It’s important to note that these defensive attacks aren’t limited to small dogs. The sparrow hawk is the greatest threat to our flock of white garden doves. It's an instinctive thing based on when they hunt, take prey to the ground, and cougars/wild dogs/wolves etc attack both the hawk and the prey. I've had hawk attacks with all colors of chickens. Having a cat or, even better, a dog in the area will totally deter these birds. Chickens that are darker in color may appear to hawks to be stronger. Humans are trichromats; they see red, yellow and blue (as well as black, white and shades of gray). Post Feb 02, 2009 #1 2009-02-02T18:05. I've seen captive-bred, captive-reared hawks terrified of a dog from the moment they saw it. In many cases it is the color of the prey that helps predatory birds to detect, pursue and capture them. thkosan. 105. There are over 40 different species of hawks. Since I first starting keeping doves in 2008 I have witnessed countless attacks on my birds by the ‘hawk and although some have survived with complete recovery or scars, the majority have been killed, and usually eaten alive. Hawks still swoop down but the roosters attack the hawks and I haven't lost a bird to hawks since I've had this breed with an adult rooster with each flock. Oh, and if you and the dog don't mind, a few sleigh bells tied to the coat should scare off any predator that might be interested in your pet. How to Deter Hawks From My Backyard Birds By Jaimie Zinski Hunker may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story. However, hawks, especially smaller ones, prefer not to tangle with owls. thkosan. Mine don't seem particularly bothered by any color. Use various sources of noise and switch it up every few days. Light-colored chickens appear more vulnerable and more defenseless. Red is a trigger color for many. It's more shapes (pool noodles, brooms, etc) that they are afraid of. Remember that in nature, colors often communicate strength, poison, or other dangers to prey. However, hawks and other birds of prey may also launch an attack if they feel threatened by your dog or view it as a competitor. Look at the animal kingdom and red is a warning color. 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