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post #11 of 15
Expect regular visits now. Hawks aren't dummies and your house is now on the route.
I would start planning countermeasures such as harassment or otherwise letting the bird know it's not worth the trouble.
post #12 of 15

It's the type that will eat your birds if it gets the chance.

Buckeye Breeder as of 2016 with the Voss line. - Loving my Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers, ISA Browns, Buff Orpingtons, White Leghorns and Gina!

 

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Buckeye Breeder as of 2016 with the Voss line. - Loving my Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers, ISA Browns, Buff Orpingtons, White Leghorns and Gina!

 

Considering gold?? Let me help!

 

"Plus ça change, Plus c'est la même chose, 
The more that things change, the more they stay the same"

Neil Peart - 1978

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post #13 of 15
I'd re-enforce your netting!
Keep your eyes on the road ... And, your head out of your apps!
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Keep your eyes on the road ... And, your head out of your apps!
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post #14 of 15
I will suggest possibility your young Coopers Hawk is not there for your poultry, rather it is after smaller birds that are coming in after your feed. My place crawls with Coopers but they no longer go after my chickens and sadly not my darn duck either. They are going after the song birds that forage among pens and seek cover in nearby plants when hawks visit. Chickens get all excited none the less and would attack hawk if it got down to their level. I also have Great Horned Owls and Barred Owls visited rather frequently with former not passing up opportunity to go after chickens although success rate on those is very low. The frequent owl visits are more to take advantage of the native rats which are likely taken with almost every visit. The chickens are simply targets of opportunity in areas where an easier meal is more reliably found. If I could lower song bird and rat abundance, the raptor visits would also go down.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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post #15 of 15
Looks like a Cooper's hawk. Although the head looks a little funny. Not a real clear pic. I notice the same thing about Cooper's hawks, mainly after the smaller birds. Even though they definately harass the chickens by flying low over them.
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