I feel so awful for you - hope you have better luck once you've covered up your pens. Our next door neighbour has had same trouble with hawks (VERY large hawk, mind you) and lost all her Isa's. Yours look like young birds and they take risks that older more experienced birds wouldn't take, like getting tangled up in a chook pen. Adults would rather a dead sheep or something larger and out in the open. But this year they have been breaking all the rules because of the dry weather. The young ones around here have been pinching lambs, where they would normally take the sick or already dead ones they've been taking healthy ones. So we've set the alpacas onto them. Having the sheep around the house has helped as the dog goes beserk when anything flies overhead (unfortunately for us that includes incessant barking at aeroplanes). Might need to watch for crows as they usually hang around with larger carrion-eating birds to clean up the scraps. Best of luck to you and hope the netting proves too much trouble for the wedgies.
Thankyou Belle. The eagles have been living here as long as we have and last year one took an orphan lamb that I was bottle feeding. The lamb was only 1 day old so it was really small but I couldn't believe the eagle could pick up something so big. Thankfully it dropped it into the bush and it is still alive and fully grown now. The eagle did peck off its tail though which saved me from putting a ring around it...
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