2nd hawk attack this afternoon!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DDRanch, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    Here is my set up. 14 hens, all bigger breeds who get to free range when I am home and locked up tight in a nice coop with a large covered pen. All fully grown.

    I lost a GL wyandotte about a month ago to a large hawk that was not one of the resident red-tailed or red shouldered we have in my area. It was much larger.

    I did not hear or see the attack, but when I went out to check on the hens I scared the hawk from the kill. This hawk had eaten the head and neck when I approached it. I rounded up all the others and have kept them in for most of this last month hoping that the hawk would move on. I have seen it periodically hanging around, but not for the last week.

    This afternoon, I let the girls out and went into my house for lunch. From my kitchen, I saw a big hawk swooping around the coop and yard. I ran outside and chased the hawk away. The hens had ducked into coop, and shed. I noticed though that the hawk had actually flown into the shed and attacked one of the wyandottes due to the large number of feathers on the shed floor. Everyone is ok, although scared of course and locked up again but here are my questions.

    Since the hawk had a meal a month ago, will it eventually move on? I am assuming this is a migrating hawk because of its size but I could be wrong. I am also assuming this is the same hawk.

    Also, do all hawks eat the head and neck first or might this give me an indication of the hawk breed?

    Any advice or hearing your experience would be appreciated, I have had chickens for about 5 years now, and have only lost 2 to hawks....one that was just too young to be unsupervised last year and then the one last month. Thank you.

  2. runnerduck

    runnerduck Hatching

    Sep 16, 2008
    I have had a lot of luck using helium ballons. I tie a string with lots of colorful strings on it across a wide area and then I tie the ballons to it. The ballons make the string bounce and that seems to have worked. And either get smiley face ballons or draw big eyes on the ballons. The dollar store sells nice ones - they last quite awhile.

    you could also hang something that will make the hens peck it and that will make the string jump....
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2008
  3. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    I'm afraid once they find a feeding ground they usually set up shop until they run out of food.
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member 10 Years

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I guess I would read up on how to attract crows. Crows chase hawks away

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