Bald Eagles

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by rooster0209, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    There is a family of bald eagles that live on the other side of the field from my farm, on our property. Once I got to see one eating road kill on the highway with my binoculars. It was really awesome considering I have never seen one before in real life that close up.

    Well, they were flying over my yard yesterday evening. The Guinea's went nuts, the roosters were calling and they all ducked down and scooted for the trees.

    Will an eagle take them?

    with all the wild rabbits in the yard and field, I would think they would have enough to eat. Now I am worried. I am thinking they are not so great to have around anymore. :mad:
  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    My understanding is that bald eagles usually eat fish and carrion- I've witnessed them do both. They would probably take your chickens if they had the chance though. Your poultry reacted to the general shape in the sky like they would a hawk. I'm not sure what you can do if the eagles decide that your birds are food except for build covered runs.
  3. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I have lost chickens to bald eagles when they cross the fire break. This is the only place the chickens have no cover to run to. Mainly the eagles will feed at the river or the pond. If your birds have any cover at all, they should be safe.
  4. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    We have osprey, Eagles, Hawks of diff types and different type owls, they all appreciate a chicken dinner just like us. They look at our flock like we do at a fast drive through!
    Its amazing , when these Eagles are hungry, or need to feed their young, they will take cats, small dogs, fawns, yes deer, any sized squirrel, mouse, pigeons, woodchucks (they do not enough of those buggers). On the coast it is not an infrequent act to find Osprey catching fish and the Eagles intimidating them and stealing their food.
    I have always loved to see rapters, and treasure each moment I have been able to see them in motion, I often look up and tell them chickens are off limits in my yard.
    That is the good thing about having a rooster, they watch and make sure the sky is clear.
    Good luck and enjoy the sightings of the raptors, they are really amazing (especially when its not your pets that get snatched out of their bloomers).

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