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Wow, that's amazing that they took down a hawk! I know Cooper's hawks aren't huge but still. 

 

What's with them flying in to runs anyway? That one that trapped himself in my run was a Cooper's hawk too!

I was confused when I found the body. I thought it was a CCL pullet at first, about the same size and feather coloration. Then I saw the talons and took a close look at it's head. I imagine the alpha roo engaged the little hawk and it might have been able to defend itself against 1 roo, but the others would not want to be seen by the ladies as less couragous, and the ensuing testosterone-fueled battle would have been pretty lopsided. Each of the roos is bigger than the hawk was and they are used to a bird "fighting dirty". When I found the body, it was well hidden and obviously had been dead for several days, being quite dehydrated.

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Also Turkeys, Guineas and Peafowl

 

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Originally Posted by AnneInTheBurbs View Post

So sorry for your loss. hugs.gif . It's such a terrible time of the year to lose someone.

X2! I know it will be very chilly tonight, but my coop is much better now that it's insulated!


I think I lost a chicken. When I just came home, some of my chooks were outside the chicken door, laying on the ramp. roll.png There was a turkey with them too and the Tom turkey was underneath the ramp. When I got everyone inside, I found I was missing a CCL. sad.png . She could have gotten snatched earlier, but I can't imagine even if she was alive that she would make it through the night. I wonder if something spooked them at dusk, or if the door closed earlier than usual. I have it set for the light settings, not at a scheduled time.


On the plus side, I think I may have gotten my first turkey egg. @@dheltzel, what do you think? It's much bigger than my other girls have been laying. Unfortunately, it froze a bit and cracked.




Yup, looks like a Midget White turkey egg.
Sorry about the Legbar. If she is out there and finds a protected area, she might very well show up tomorrow fl.gif

So it turns out that was not a Turkey egg. It was a double yolker from my Cali Grey! Poor thing, that one must've hurt.
Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. -Henry Ford
Owner of one Pitbull mix dog, one Red Lored Amazon, one Timneh African Grey, one Eclectus parrot, and one very tolerant husband. Starting over with a new flock. So far, some Olive Eggers, Cream Legbars, Blue Egg Laying Black Sex Links, California Grays, Wellbars, White Turkeys and other assorted chickies.
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Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. -Henry Ford
Owner of one Pitbull mix dog, one Red Lored Amazon, one Timneh African Grey, one Eclectus parrot, and one very tolerant husband. Starting over with a new flock. So far, some Olive Eggers, Cream Legbars, Blue Egg Laying Black Sex Links, California Grays, Wellbars, White Turkeys and other assorted chickies.
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post #65753 of 69359
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Originally Posted by dheltzel View Post
 

I was confused when I found the body. I thought it was a CCL pullet at first, about the same size and feather coloration. Then I saw the talons and took a close look at it's head. I imagine the alpha roo engaged the little hawk and it might have been able to defend itself against 1 roo, but the others would not want to be seen by the ladies as less couragous, and the ensuing testosterone-fueled battle would have been pretty lopsided. Each of the roos is bigger than the hawk was and they are used to a bird "fighting dirty". When I found the body, it was well hidden and obviously had been dead for several days, being quite dehydrated.


Wow..........

I learn something from everyone I meet, sometimes its what not to do

Current crew: the BOYS: x2 CCL x1 BCM, x1 OE young'in, GIRLS:, 2 BCMs, x2 CCLs,,,babies: x1CCL(pullet), x2 bk americunas, x1 silkie
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I learn something from everyone I meet, sometimes its what not to do

Current crew: the BOYS: x2 CCL x1 BCM, x1 OE young'in, GIRLS:, 2 BCMs, x2 CCLs,,,babies: x1CCL(pullet), x2 bk americunas, x1 silkie
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post #65754 of 69359
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Originally Posted by AnneInTheBurbs View Post


So it turns out that was not a Turkey egg. It was a double yolker from my Cali Grey! Poor thing, that one must've hurt.


Anne:

 

You should get more....I had a hatchery BO that game me one every two weeks or so...for a year...one of my original 6 chooks....

I learn something from everyone I meet, sometimes its what not to do

Current crew: the BOYS: x2 CCL x1 BCM, x1 OE young'in, GIRLS:, 2 BCMs, x2 CCLs,,,babies: x1CCL(pullet), x2 bk americunas, x1 silkie
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I learn something from everyone I meet, sometimes its what not to do

Current crew: the BOYS: x2 CCL x1 BCM, x1 OE young'in, GIRLS:, 2 BCMs, x2 CCLs,,,babies: x1CCL(pullet), x2 bk americunas, x1 silkie
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post #65755 of 69359
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Originally Posted by stake View Post


Anne:

You should get more....I had a hatchery BO that game me one every two weeks or so...for a year...one of my original 6 chooks....

My friend back in the U.K. has a light sussex that regularly lays a double yolker. is that a danger to the chicken? Sort of like the flame that burns bright, burns the shortest?
Buff Orpington | New Hampshire Red | Ayam Cemani | Crested Cream Legbar | Silver Welbar | Blue Orpington | Araucana | Ameraucana | White Minorca | Blue Laced Red Wyandotte | Super Blue Egg Layer and BCMs taken by a hawk
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Buff Orpington | New Hampshire Red | Ayam Cemani | Crested Cream Legbar | Silver Welbar | Blue Orpington | Araucana | Ameraucana | White Minorca | Blue Laced Red Wyandotte | Super Blue Egg Layer and BCMs taken by a hawk
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Originally Posted by kie4 View Post

My friend back in the U.K. has a light sussex that regularly lays a double yolker. is that a danger to the chicken? Sort of like the flame that burns bright, burns the shortest?

Breeders try to select for regular eggs, not double yolked. For one thing, they are very hard to hatch, not something you want to promote. It may be an anomaly, or it could be a regular thing.

Raising lots of fun poultry: Cream Legbars, Welbars, Bielefelders, California Greys, and 6 colors / sizes of Ameraucanas

Also Turkeys, Guineas and Peafowl

 

I have eggs and chicks available for sale from some of these breeds, details at my website

How to make a hoop tractor

Incubator Recommendations

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Raising lots of fun poultry: Cream Legbars, Welbars, Bielefelders, California Greys, and 6 colors / sizes of Ameraucanas

Also Turkeys, Guineas and Peafowl

 

I have eggs and chicks available for sale from some of these breeds, details at my website

How to make a hoop tractor

Incubator Recommendations

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post #65757 of 69359
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Wow..........

Hawks are neat birds, as long as they aren't eating our pets. I wanted to do falconry when I was a boy, but hawks were very scarce then. Now it's heavily regulated. Coopers are pretty birds and seem like an easy to handle size. Pretty common too, at least around here. Falconry seems like a fun hobby and would provide great opportunities to educate kids (and adults) about nature and birds of prey.

 

Maybe when I retire and have all the time in the world . . . 

Raising lots of fun poultry: Cream Legbars, Welbars, Bielefelders, California Greys, and 6 colors / sizes of Ameraucanas

Also Turkeys, Guineas and Peafowl

 

I have eggs and chicks available for sale from some of these breeds, details at my website

How to make a hoop tractor

Incubator Recommendations

Reply

Raising lots of fun poultry: Cream Legbars, Welbars, Bielefelders, California Greys, and 6 colors / sizes of Ameraucanas

Also Turkeys, Guineas and Peafowl

 

I have eggs and chicks available for sale from some of these breeds, details at my website

How to make a hoop tractor

Incubator Recommendations

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post #65758 of 69359
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Originally Posted by Auroradream26 View Post

Anyone who has or who ever has had a horse, what do they cost roughly to keep? And how much space to they need, stable wise.
Stall space should be at least 11x11. Paddock space depends on whether you want dirt/mud or grass. It's best to have plenty of storage for hay so that you can stockpile before winter prices get High. Feed cost depend on the horse. Quarter horses and draft types tend to be easier keepers and need less feed. I have a 17 hand TB that is expensive to feed. Round bales are a good hay outside option but hard to handle. Pelleted bedding from tractor supply is great for in the stalls and less expensive than pine shavings. You wet the pellets and it expands. I can answer any questions u may have.
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Our BCM just laid her 2nd egg, smaller than the first, a lovely colour :-). Do any of you remember your first eggs and wanting to just collect them and not eat them? We've waited so long for these eggs to arrive it seems a shame to just eat them and throw the shells away! Haha!
Buff Orpington | New Hampshire Red | Ayam Cemani | Crested Cream Legbar | Silver Welbar | Blue Orpington | Araucana | Ameraucana | White Minorca | Blue Laced Red Wyandotte | Super Blue Egg Layer and BCMs taken by a hawk
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Buff Orpington | New Hampshire Red | Ayam Cemani | Crested Cream Legbar | Silver Welbar | Blue Orpington | Araucana | Ameraucana | White Minorca | Blue Laced Red Wyandotte | Super Blue Egg Layer and BCMs taken by a hawk
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post #65760 of 69359
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Originally Posted by kie4 View Post



Our BCM just laid her 2nd egg, smaller than the first, a lovely colour :-). Do any of you remember your first eggs and wanting to just collect them and not eat them? We've waited so long for these eggs to arrive it seems a shame to just eat them and throw the shells away! Haha!


It is gorgeous--I blew out my first really dark egg from my welsummer, my first blue egg and my first huge egg!

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