Alpha Hen (Churkey) 1, Red Tailed Hawk 0.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bluey, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    My alpha hen, Churkey (Delaware mix raising 3 EE chicks), did the strangest thing yesterday. She actually started growling!!! She stood real tall and was growling very loudly. All 3 EE chicks and my 4 23 wk old pullets immediately went to the brushpile to hide. Churkey continued this behavior out in the open, until, sure enough a huge hawk flew out of the woods about 30 yards away and left the area.

    I was amazed! [​IMG] I had never seen a hawk that big on our property, although I figured they were around. Churkey seemed almost to be daring the hawk to come get a beating.

    After the hawk was gone, Churkey started dancing around clucking and all the chickens followed her to the coop area where I guess they felt safer...

    In the absence of a rooster, my alpha hen, scared off a huge hawk all by herself. I just couldn't believe it. She has got one hell of a chip on her shoulder. Neither the cat nor dog will go near her either.

    I was so proud of her protecting the whole flock, not just her babies. Amazing!
  2. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
  3. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    I have had hawk problems all summer, tormenting the girls to the point when they moulted it is horrible. I love the raptors but I like them better when they picked on someone elses Fly through KFC.

    SO SO very happy to hear that the hawk lost!!! [​IMG]

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  4. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Songster

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    Very cool!
  5. La Banan

    La Banan Songster

    May 28, 2008
    Yay! Good work Churkey!
  6. haymil

    haymil In the Brooder

    Aug 11, 2008
    Way to go! I hope mine learn how to growl. I'll have to work on that with them... They do know how to run and hide in the bushes though.
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Yeah Churkey! [​IMG] Give that girls some treats.

    My light brahma who is head honcho also growls and has from about 12 weeks old. LOL
  8. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    I would have never believed it if I didn't see it with my own eyes!

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