Originally Posted by chickengeorgeto
I doubt that a hawk disappeared your silky. First a Coopers hawk would likely require a long time to kill a standard size adult silky, leaving behind a lot of loose feathers for evidence, and second if it did kill her, the air resistance would be to great for a hawk as small as a Coopers to get airborne with its prize. Think of flying away with a deployed parachute dangling from your ankles to see what I mean.
Instead I would suspect something in the wild K9 family (fox or coyote) or even a bobcat. Bobcats BTW can coexist in suburbia quite well thank you.
All the urban legend's not-with-standing, urine laying around only keeps humans from sitting on public toilet seats. It has no real effect on most predators other than acting as an attractant.
On the good side, silks are notoriously broody. So let hope spring eternal that she has stolen her nest away from you and that she may now be sitting on a clutch of eggs. If she has she will come off the nest every 3 to 4 days to eat, drink, and defecate, leaving a cue ball sized poop behind as evidence of her presence.
Yes, hawks are quite able to return to the scene of the crime each and every time they have a hunger pang.
My Silkie was only 7 weeks old so no eggs yet! The thing is, it was at about 2PM and the neighborhood I live in is surrounded by freeways. Also, on my street alone, 10 out of 12 houses have dogs. I have never seen a coyote, bobcat, or fox. We have no wildlife nearby. I also have 6 foot fencing surrounding my whole backyard.
I wonder if it was a hawk then.. especially since there were no feathers anywhere. Maybe an owl? Do cats pick up birds and run away? I seriously have no idea what it is. I have MANY wild birds around my area since it is abundant in trees and we have wild bird feeders out. I heard somewhere that they attack hawks.. so maybe it wasn't a hawk?
^ The house to the left is their coop.
^ The open area is where I believe she was picked up. The thing is, my chickens tend to hang out under the trees or in the shrubs so I believe she was running across when she was attacked.
^ When I herd the "bawwwk?" a wood stick that I have next to the sink on the right to stir fermented feed, fell. It makes me wonder if the hawk actually flew under the roof onto my patio? The glass sliding door from my room can be seen here. The walls on my house are pretty thin and I can hear everything even when inside. I was out there within minutes which narrows it down to a predator that is REALLY fast.
^ This is where all the first usually hang out
^ Showing my 6 foot walls and my neighbors large grapefruit tree that houses many wild birds.
^ When I found them, all the girls were huddle together under the tree on the right. The poor Partridge one that's bestfriend was taken was by herself next to the tree on the far right/
Edited by Exotica - 10/3/15 at 11:36am