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Crows chased off hawk!

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I was outside this morning with the girls and a bird landed on the wire. I've never seen one like this, so I assumed it was a hawk. I couldn't see it's beak clearly, but it was watching my backyard and so I threw a few pebbles at it and chased it off. Well once it flew off I could tell it was a hawk, and then a few monites later a bunch of crows/black birds were attacking it in the air. It was screaming and trying to get away but the crows stayed on it and chased it into a tree. LOTS of noise and finally it kinda flew off like it was lopsided or something. It sure took a beating. It was a smaller hawk, no clue what breed or anything, but glad it's gone. I will be keeping an eye out but luckily this block is FILLED to the brim with crows. I had no idea they were so helpful!

Any idea's for hawk deterrents? My birds are strictly free range and in the coop only at night.

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I'm not sure if there's much you can do to deter a hawk when free-ranging.  He's a bird of pray and you're housing his dinner!  Beware of the crows though.  They're an excellent neighborhood watch, but they're scavengers.  They won't pass up a meal when given the chance.

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Hi!  I'm Stephanie and I'm addicted chickens.  


We have one big happy family: Hubby and me, 2 teenage boys, a Great Dane, a pitbull, a Saint Bernard, 2 cats, 3 BSL, 9 EE, 2 RIR, 2 SLW, 3 WR, 3 RSL, a BL, a JG, 5 BR, a mystery chick, a frilled dragon, 2 crested geckos, and a very special special-needs RIR named Ruby.

 

 

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post #3 of 11

Thats good.  I've read on BYC that Crows and Blackbirds are great at scaring off Hawks!!   thumbsup

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mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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post #4 of 11

My brother in law used to keep racing pidgeons. He would encourage the crows by feeding them to hang around as the yard as they kept the hawks away.
They would chase relentlessly any hawk that came into the vicinity. smile

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post #5 of 11

Crows are nasty. I once saw two crows chasing an innocent owl in broad daylight... then my friend reported a mound of flesh and feathers about a block away the next day.

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post #6 of 11

The crows around here keep both the hawks and the golden eagles at bay.  The crows are always welcome on this farm.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #7 of 11

I throw out a little whole corn to keep the crows around. they do a great job at keeping the hawks at bay. They used to steal my eggs out of the chickens nest, but I hung a fake dead crow on the door to the barn & stopped them from stealing anymore.

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Great to hear! Crows are welcome here too then. They have not bothered any of my chickens, even the younger group. And they did give this hawk (I think a chicken hawk or something) a real lashing. Haven't seen her/him since big_smile

post #9 of 11

Good idea- I used to scare away crows that were in hose range because I was afraid they'd harass the pullets, but now that I read this I'll welcome them wee


The jays, however, MUST stop dive bombing the chicks barnie

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post #10 of 11

Crows have been known to carry off young chicks, so keep an eye on the fuzzybutts.

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