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First predator attack - a Coopers hawk!

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I live in the country and I know I have plenty of predators, but I trap and kill anything that cares to wander too close to the coup.  Yesterday the DW goes to collect eggs and yells to me to come out and see what she trapped inside the coup.  I guess the hens were making a fuss and when she was trying to see what the problem was she saw something go inside the coup and knew it "was no chicken butt".  So not only was this hawk after them in the run but once they all ran out of the run it went inside the coup to look for more!  So I got a bunch of pics and then opened the people door to let it out.  Can't shoot federally protected birds.  He flys to the top of the kids swingset not more than ten feet from the coup and stays there.  It was a small jouvenile, so me and the wife agreed he was probably was no threat to the hens.  WRONG!!!  About ten minutes later we are watching from the house and he swoops down and flys about a foot off the ground to where the hens were by the wood pile.  I heard quite a ruckus from the hens as he attacked and I was out the door in my stocking feet.  There were a lot of feathers, but all the hens made it out alive with one being slightly nicked, but ok.  He actually chased the hen behind the wood pile into a tight spot between the wood pile and a chain link fence and got stuck.  Since they are a protected species could do no harm to him and can not really tell you the rest.  If I had only had some leather gloves, a box, and a vehicle I would have taken him for a very long ride, but we don't have anything like that were I live.  wink

I'll post pics when I have time to upload them.

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i guess it is a federal offense to kill hawks, but, i live in the woods of mississippi, and it is a CAPITAL offense for anything that kills my chickens. ... just saying...

post #3 of 15

Glad all are OK.  Too bad you don't have leather gloves a box or a vehicle.  I didn't have anything like that either when one went into my enclosure.

Tom and Teri's Little Farm. 

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Tom and Teri's Little Farm. 

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post #4 of 15

Glad all of you're hens are ok hope you catch the bird and release it where it wont bother you're hens.

I have 2 pekin ducks, Amy & Stella, a buff drake.named Humphrey,An EE named Poptart II, a BO named Honey, and an RIR named Cinna! I had a rooster but he got a new home, i miss you Ginger!!!!!!!Join UPC today! http://www.upc-online.org
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I have 2 pekin ducks, Amy & Stella, a buff drake.named Humphrey,An EE named Poptart II, a BO named Honey, and an RIR named Cinna! I had a rooster but he got a new home, i miss you Ginger!!!!!!!Join UPC today! http://www.upc-online.org
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I found a Coopers hawk in my coop on top of my 7 year old RIR. He was ripping her wing off.  I had her euthanized and the hawk flew past me out the door.
He came back later, landed and walked around the coop looking for a way in. Gutsy birds!

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Yeah, I'd have to say this bird was awlful gutsy too!  The last I saw of him he hitched a ride going south!

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Did it look like these 2?

SSS


http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/91292_juvenile_coopers_hawks2.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/91292_coopers_hawk.jpg

Want to keep your flock safe? http://www.coonhoundrescue.com/  Adopt a Coonhound...poultry predators are a Coonhounds prey ~~~~~~ Mommy to 1 Black & Tan Coonhound, 1 Plott Hound, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 2 Barred Rock hens, 2 EE hens, 2 Silkie hens, 1 Polish hen & 1 Silkie rooster & of course my wonderful understanding dh
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Want to keep your flock safe? http://www.coonhoundrescue.com/  Adopt a Coonhound...poultry predators are a Coonhounds prey ~~~~~~ Mommy to 1 Black & Tan Coonhound, 1 Plott Hound, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 2 Barred Rock hens, 2 EE hens, 2 Silkie hens, 1 Polish hen & 1 Silkie rooster & of course my wonderful understanding dh
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Sorry to hear that! But glad the hens were ok for the most part.  Hawks are a tough one due to laws and such.  Sometimes they do have accidents and fly into things they shouldn't.  Not that I know from personal experience, just say'n.

Blessed to be the wife of a loving part time farmer, mother of two wonderful adult daughters (US Coast Guard & Department of State), grandmother of a beautiful grandaughter, sharing our home with 1 Black Lab, 1 house cat, 2 Jersey Steer, 1 Black Baldie Steer, 1 Hereford Heifer, 1 RIR, 1 Wyandotte, 3 Leghorn, 6 Speckled Sussex, 2 Australorp and 2 Partridge Rock.
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Blessed to be the wife of a loving part time farmer, mother of two wonderful adult daughters (US Coast Guard & Department of State), grandmother of a beautiful grandaughter, sharing our home with 1 Black Lab, 1 house cat, 2 Jersey Steer, 1 Black Baldie Steer, 1 Hereford Heifer, 1 RIR, 1 Wyandotte, 3 Leghorn, 6 Speckled Sussex, 2 Australorp and 2 Partridge Rock.
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Practice the three S method That is all I'll say.

2 Silver Laced Wyandottes (10/1/11), 2 Gold Laced Wyandottes (10/26/11) 2 Araucanas, 2 Black Austrolorpes, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Columbian Rocks, 1 Buff Orpingtons, 1 Golden Comet, 1 Black Sex Link, 1 RIR, 2 horses and ONE spoiled Leopard Hound Catahoula
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2 Silver Laced Wyandottes (10/1/11), 2 Gold Laced Wyandottes (10/26/11) 2 Araucanas, 2 Black Austrolorpes, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Columbian Rocks, 1 Buff Orpingtons, 1 Golden Comet, 1 Black Sex Link, 1 RIR, 2 horses and ONE spoiled Leopard Hound Catahoula
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Originally Posted by AndersonFolk 

Practice the three S method That is all I'll say.


what is the three S method?
see,shoot,shovel

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