As you’ve probably heard, coyotes came onto Martha Stewart’s Connecticut property and ate six of her peacocks including her favorite bird. She posted, ”The coyotes came in broad daylight and devoured him and five others including the magnificent White Boy. Any solutions for getting rid of six large and aggressive coyotes who have expensive tastes when it comes to poultry?”
If you’re a regular listener to “Joel and Maryann in the Morning” you know that Maryann has a chicken coop in her backyard. She has all types of chickens that she has no plan to eat, but to keep as pets and harvest some eggs. She’s brought some hard-boiled eggs to work to share; they really do taste better than the ones you buy at the supermarket. Unfortunately, live chickens attract live hawks. Not the kind of chicken hawk you may recall from Saturday morning cartoons, but the kind that attack, kill, and devour chickens right here in Central Jersey. All told, chicken hawks are responsible for “removing” close to forty of Maryann’s little peckers.
With her birthday approaching, I thought it might be a nice idea to help her save the surviving chickens.
I did some research to help prevent this tragedy from happening again. My first thought was to exterminate the hawks, but after doing a little research I learned that hawks are protected by federal law, so that’s not an option. Next, I thought I’d make a sign that reads, “No hawks allowed!” Of course, I quickly realized that birds can’t read. Thanks to my friends at niteguard.com, I learned many ways to prevent hawks from poaching Maryann’s poultry. Here are some of them…