? about hawks.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Nicole01, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    When are hawks most likely to hunt? It's mid afternoon right? My neighbors across the street had a hawk in their tree eyeing their free ranging flock yesterday afternoon. We live in a nice wooded area with several predators, hawks/eagles/owls being plentiful. Having a covered strong run is a must! I free range my girls, but mainly in the late afternoon/evening. I'm so afraid of stray dogs and now this hawk, especially my beautiful d'uccle that is tiny. Also, do hawks attack in heavy wooded areas? My girls mainly stay in the wooded areas of our property. The side trees area is the safest. Thanks.
     
  2. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Daylight to dusk..... Yes good cover will help protect your chickens, but there is always the possibility.
     
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  3. Two Creeks Farm

    Two Creeks Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive seen hawks crash into brush so thick they got stuck! Lock teh birds up until he moves on.....or you will start losing them.
     
  4. sunshyn225

    sunshyn225 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:This.

    There have been autopsies done on hawks that have shown many healed chest injuries from crashing into bushes/trees/etc. after prey.
     
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    http://youtu.be/2CFckjfP-1E

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    into this next clip is flight in woods. Amazing.


    Cover so there is less chance of being seen but if a hawk is hungry and sees a chicken...

    The above links really show what they can do in flight, were posted on BYC a few months ago.
     
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    geekgurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ellie needs to eat more beef. [​IMG]
     
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow, thanks! Very scary for the chickens. Hopefully that hawk will move on soon. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm sure it's around.
     

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