I have a indoor pool (like under a roof with cafe blinds all around) and my silkie babies have a little enclosure in the garden next to it. Yesterday had been fine until I got up to make dinner. As I filled up the kettel I noticed a large bird caught in the pool house.
My little jackrussleX is my guard dog and chicken protector, but he was inside at the time and hadn't seen the bird yet. I ran to the pool door saying the magic word "mouse" and opened the door to let him out. Straight away he saw the bird and went after it. It took him two jumps and he got it and trotted off. He takes his catches to the nearest grass, which was next to the silkie babies.
It seemed really quick (usually there's a bit more fighting), and as I looked at the bird I saw it was a hawk probably after my babies. I told him to kill it but he just shifted it in his mouth and it tried to fly away (it was playing possum!), he did it again but this time it did get away and took to the trees.
It didn't look really hurt at all. He tends to catch first then kill later, so I don't think he really did any damage.
I'm happy to the fact that an animal didn't get hurt but I'm worried it might come back.
I've put a shade cloth over most of the chicks run but they don't like it and scratch and sit in the part it doesn't reach.
Do you think it will come back or has it been scared away?