Are Some Colors More Attractive to Aerial Predators?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Lothiriel, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. White

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  2. Light colored

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  3. Dark colored

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  4. Barred

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  1. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I am making this poll for OldGuy43. [​IMG]

    While I just started keeping chickens last spring and have seen over 14 hawks circling near my place, have a huge flock of crows during the day as well as owls at night, I have never lost a bird to any of these. While part of our flock's run is covered by a tree an area of about 50'x10' is completely open to aerial attack and that's where they spend most of their day.

    Since I keep only Red Sex Links that got me to wondering if color has something to do with it.​
     
  2. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed that I have lost mostly light colored and white birds to hawks but I have lost a few barred ones as well. I have yet to lose a 'dark colored' bird though to hawks....interesting..
     
  3. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    All the birds I've lost to hawks have been barred. And all the stuff I read about the barring being camoflage... Go figure. [​IMG]
     
  4. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Haven't lost any to aerial predators during the day and I have all colors. No, the white ones do not attract attention.........
     
  5. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks again Lothiriel. [​IMG]

    Have a nice holiday.
     
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    I lost a Barred Rock to a hawk this past January. A few months ago another hawk tried to get one of my Hamburgs but I frightened it off.
     
  7. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ALWAYS loose white birds before any other color [​IMG] I have stopped keeping white birds for this reason.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2011
  8. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    I have actually read that crows can help deter hawk attacks. The crows may decide to steal a few eggs though.
     
  9. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    They do not care they will take whatever they think they can, don't matter what color it is.
     
  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    pips&peeps :

    Haven't lost any to aerial predators during the day and I have all colors. No, the white ones do not attract attention.........

    Ditto!​
     

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