I went to go let my chickens out this morning, they are free range, I heard about 5 or 6 crows all making quite a lot of noise. At closer inspection it looked like they were attacking two or three fairly large birds of prey. I originally thought it was hawks. But as the larger birds settled into trees I noticed their heads - bald and red. Turkey Vultures. There was two of them that rested on the same branch, then they would fly over the chicken coop, then back to the branch. Eventually the crows settled down, a couple even in the same tree. But the third bird I saw was gone.It was more of a red color than the deep brown of the vultures, and was a bit smaller.
Will the turkey vultures eat live chickens? I know they eat mostly carrion, but will sometimes attack live animals if they are hungry enough. My chickens are aprox. 4 months old. So they are not full grown, but not itty bitty chicks either. The hawk population around my house is all but non existent, there are a large number of crows in the area. Since the crows came back around about a month ago I have not seen a single hawk, other than the third mystery bird this morning.