Originally Posted by farmrDAN
Looks like I will be putting up netting. The thing that is strange though is that one of the kill sites was in between the fence (6' tall) and the coop (10' tall) which has a gap just big enough for a person to walk by. I don't know how a hawk would be able to shoot through that small of a gap. Also, I don't know if this is also a sign of a hawk attack or not, but both locations had white lines of bird poop. Like if I took a restaurant bottle of ketchup and squeezed it quick, it would like the same except this is clearly white bird poop.
Hawks are ambush predators. Anyone who thinks otherwise has watched too many Disney fairy tails about nature. What ever ate your hen did not swoop out of the wild blue yonder nor did it have teeth, and fangs, to slash, grind, and tear apart it's victim. Your hen was ate much like a small child eats a plate of spaghetti. One strip or string at a time resulting in a fully articulated skeleton like that one in your image. This is why hanging CDs or DVDs in the trees don't distract hawks. If any thing they are more like Neon signs saying "Eat at farmrDAN's chicken coop."
The poop is evidence of the hawk watching and waiting for a meal to come to it.
Edited by chickengeorgeto - 10/23/15 at 8:40pm