A big white bird flying by night?!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Flock Leader, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. Flock Leader

    Flock Leader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband got up in the middle of last night, to the sounds of chickens clucking like mad and the dog barking her head off. He got out into the yard and saw a white bird, about the size of a medium chicken, perched on a pole. As soon as my husband attempted to get close, it flew off.

    What do you think that was, and what should we do about it, if anything? My only possible guess is an albino owl (we're much too far south to suspect a snowy owl...). Any other guesses?
     
  2. tatertot

    tatertot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope...I guess owl too
     
  3. hosspak

    hosspak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, way down here in So. Cal. I see white owls almost every night. I believe this is what he saw;
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    This is a common Barn Owl, they can be close to all white, but will look totally white at night while they're out hunting...
     
  4. Avlana

    Avlana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking a barn owl too.
     
  5. Flock Leader

    Flock Leader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks a lot, I checked and yes, it's very possible we have these in our area! I know they are after small rodents; we have loads of mice in the barn, they go after what's left of the chickens' grain, so this might explain the owl's presence. If it just wants to hunt mice, that's great and I don't mind if it sets residence here - question is, do I have to worry about my chicks?
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yes, absolutely!
     
  7. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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  8. hosspak

    hosspak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen many different animals skeletons in their droppings, and they do eat whatever they can catch. If they can catch a pigeon and eat it, then they could do the same with a grown chicken.
    A predator is still a predator....
     
  9. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    I lost some mature Bantam Cochin hens to an owl (I suspect a Barred Owl, though I don't know for sure). The owls are very welcome to all the rodents they can catch here, but it's up to me to make sure their menu doesn't include my rabbits and chickens![​IMG]
     
  10. tatertot

    tatertot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well sounds like you solved the question
     

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