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I believe this Cornish Cross had a hawk attack!

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I heard my 1 year old New Hampshire rooster giving his alarm call. Not the usual one... the one where something real bad has happened. Sure enough, I went out and found this 7.5 week old Cornish X breathing his or her last few breaths.

 

I had seen a crow sized hawk scouting the area earlier in the day. Looks like it swooped down and landed right on the back of this bird driving in it's talons. There was no head or neck damage but one of the legs was broken completely through the bone probably due to the impact. 

 

Still have more free ranging, hopefully they do better.

 

On the positive side, I was able to salvage 60% or more of the meat. Good leg quarters, one breast, one partial breast.

 

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Be on guard.  It sounds as if a Cooper's hawk has located your flock.  Sadly it will return.

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