Are Full Grown Jersey Giants Vulnerable to Hawks?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Preservation Acres, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's basically the question. :)
     
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    A red-tail could take one down. Couldn't carry it off, but would eat what it could and take off.

    Matt
     
  3. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
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    They will take one out in a NY minute and eat it on the spot of the kill. Never think that your birds are too big for a Red Tailed hawk to kill. Neighbor saw one take out a wild turkey hen.
     
  4. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Hi Preservation Acres, what kinds of raptors have you seen in your area?
     
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  5. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The red tail hawk I have around here could carry a JG off no problem. It is Huge and I mean Huge. No i didnt mistake him for any other hawk he was 100% redtail.
     
  6. Jasmine1998

    Jasmine1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a lot of Cooper Hawks around here & they don't even bother with our chickens. Our barn cats love the chickens & usually at least one cat is hangin out with them so I don't know if this is maybe scaring the hawks away.
     
  7. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
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    Quote:I live about 50 miles from Preservation Acres so I can give you some insight to our raptors. We have several type of falcons but they are not a bother. We do have Osprey that are here year round up and down the Tennessee River Gorge. Bald Eagles have been back for the past decade or so, but I have never heard of them bothering anyones lifestock. Barred and Screech owls may take a bantam or two but I doubt it. Our main culprits are #1 the Red Tailed hawk, #2 Great Horned Owl we have Coopers Hawks as well but they have never been a bother other than to birds around my bird feeders. They love to take out the morning doves feeding around the base of them.

    Hope this helps...
     
  8. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Quote:I live about 50 miles from Preservation Acres so I can give you some insight to our raptors. We have several type of falcons but they are not a bother. We do have Osprey that are here year round up and down the Tennessee River Gorge. Bald Eagles have been back for the past decade or so, but I have never heard of them bothering anyones lifestock. Barred and Screech owls may take a bantam or two but I doubt it. Our main culprits are #1 the Red Tailed hawk, #2 Great Horned Owl we have Coopers Hawks as well but they have never been a bother other than to birds around my bird feeders. They love to take out the morning doves feeding around the base of them.

    Hope this helps...

    Oh yeah, Red Tailed and Great Horned owls could spell trouble for your Jersey Giants. I too have a Cooper's that visits daily, but doesn't bother the chickens. Red Tailed and Great Horned owls are my biggest threats from the air too. Good luck Preservation acres!
     

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