Originally Posted by mpguay
Reaching out to the experts, please:
I have lost all my silkies to hawks and owls. Nothing is left, the body is gone. I also have 30 Ameraucanas and Welsummers in the same pen. It is surrounded by hot electric netting, and they have ample places to hide and shelter. I see hawks all the time. Even though I havent seen an attack, I think its hawks during the day.
My heavier birds are scared, but i dont think any are missing. This Spring, when we restock the flock, I wondered if there was a breed that was a bit more tolerant of hawks.
What do you think?
Are you asking what breeds of chicken are light enough for a hawk to actually carry away? If you are in the USA, our largest north american hawk is the Red-Tailed hawk
Realistically, Red-Tailed hawks can only LIFT and CARRY AWAY approximately half their own body weight. Female red-tails, which are larger than males, generally do not weigh more than 3 pounds. Which means that he largest amount they can realistically carry away is 1.5 - 2 lbs. So, some small bantams, and chicks, are at risk of being carried off. Hawks do prefer to eat their prey on the ground most of the time, but will carry away prey if the area is not safe to sit and eat it (in other words, if the hawk is afraid of being harassed, it will carry prey away-- but only if it can lift it!).
In general, you shouldn't be worried about chickens that weigh more than 2lbs being carried away.
Great horned owls can carry much more, but are somewhat less likely to strike during the day.
Bald eagles can carry quite a bit, but ordinarily do not predate on chickens.
If larger chickens are going missing without a trace, I would be looking at 4-legged predators, or even theft.