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post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by MamaDoodle View Post

I have 200 vultures, both black and red headed one's, that roost beside my house at night. They have never bothered my chickens, and the black one's are smaller than red one's from what I can tell. However, while I would blame a hawk before the vulture for your losses, I wouldn't rule it out. I have seen and heard of freak vulture attacks. Though very rare.

You cannot shoot a vulture legally, but you can scare them away with loud noises such as fireworks. It won't work the first night you do it, you have to be patient.

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I keep a loaded .410 shotgun handy for just such instances. Whether it's vultures during the day or coyotes at night, a round fired off in their general direction works wonders to keep them at bay for weeks. I imagine firecrackers would work well too. I've never had vultures go after my chickens, but I prefer to not wait until I see it, so I send out the "not welcome" mat whenever they start hanging around. Of course, in a more urban setting a shotgun may not be a viable option, but I'd try firecrackers for the noise they make.

 

I've seen caracaras around sometimes. They're only found in the very southern states as far as I know, so if you're in the U.S and not in Texas, Arizona or Florida, I doubt it's a caracara you're seeing. I don't believe they're in Europe, either.

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post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by 20736 View Post
 

Buzzard Season - Open

From sunup January 1 to sundown December 31.

No field limit. No possession limit.

 

Protect your chickens.

 

:lau :lau :lau 

post #23 of 29

I live about an hour west of Atlanta and the turkey and black vultures here NEVER take chickens. In my 52 years, never seen them bother chickens. Small live prey means mice, not chickens.

post #24 of 29
I was watching my 14 week old chickens yesterday and all the sudden they took cover under a tarp. I looked up and two turkey vultures were cruising over. They circled a couple times and went on their way. I love to watch them just float on the air. Pretty neat creatures.
post #25 of 29
I live in wales and have a big problem with Buzzards constantly taking chickens from my garden . They take any size bird , Even my beautiful light Sussex was taken with hardly a trace . If you have a garden like mine that's large but with head hight fence tie a few strings/fishing wire head hight so it won't bother you it might not save your chickens but it'll give them a big fright and they might not come back/ kill them . As long as you don't mind clearing up buzzard it should be all good .
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post #26 of 29
Okay I know this is an old thread, but I want to bring it to the attention of everybody in my area of Georgia. I live in Dearing which is to the west of Augusta. I witnessed a black vulture take my very large cochin all by itself. I was too far to stop it. She was dust bathing and in her happy place. I was worried about the Golden Eagles and the Hawks in the area, I didn't think the vultures would go after my chickens.THEY WILL!
post #27 of 29
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Okay I know this is an old thread, but I want to bring it to the attention of everybody in my area of Georgia. I live in Dearing which is to the west of Augusta. I witnessed a black vulture take my very large cochin all by itself. I was too far to stop it. She was dust bathing and in her happy place. I was worried about the Golden Eagles and the Hawks in the area, I didn't think the vultures would go after my chickens.THEY WILL!


it's fine, never too late to add to a thread, are you absolutely sure it was a vulture that took it, the eagles and hawks will absolutely, however vultures are carrion eaters the only food they like is dead food.

post #28 of 29

Black vultures will definitely kill things, including as big as newborn lambs.  Turkey vultures, the ones with the red faces, are safe, they don't hunt, just scavenge.  There's a couple of scientist type studies out there about predation by black vultures but I can't remember where I found them. 

post #29 of 29
The buzzards in the UK will defo take down a hen. Had the circle the garden earlier. I've seen one with a sparrow hawk before. Beautiful birds tho.
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