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Raptor numbers were very low thanks to DDT and overhunting and habitat loss, especially the DDT, years ago.  This discussion has me wondering if they have recovered enough to change some of the restrictions on them.  They are so needed for rodent patrol, and generally good for the environment.  There are many fewer wild predators out there, mostly us and our dogs and cats, not the native critters.  Chickens need protection from everyone, and if free ranging, losses are inevitable.  Over the years, hawks have been the least of it here.  Mary

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Raptor numbers were very low thanks to DDT and overhunting and habitat loss, especially the DDT, years ago.  This discussion has me wondering if they have recovered enough to change some of the restrictions on them.  They are so needed for rodent patrol, and generally good for the environment.  There are many fewer wild predators out there, mostly us and our dogs and cats, not the native critters.  Chickens need protection from everyone, and if free ranging, losses are inevitable.  Over the years, hawks have been the least of it here.  Mary


​ I think that the Bald Eagle has been removed from the endangered list.  Because of their mostly aquatic diet both the Bald Eagle and the Osprey were listed as endangered species.   Most DDT was used by cities and counties and sprayed on wet lands and marshes to control (which means kill um all) mosquitoes.  Unlike most modern pesticides DDT is quite long lasting.    

Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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Mary is correct, going up in the 60s and 70s, I rarely saw a cooper's hawk, I think the accipter family, of which it belongs, was harder hit by ddt due to their diet of mostly birds that had a lot of ddt in their system. DDT's destructive property wasn't that it killed the birds but made their egg shells too thin to survive until hatch. I now see Cooper's almost daily and I am a city boy now, well a country boy in the city, well aging man,

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