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Bird ate two chicks :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by My3ChicksMBD, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. My3ChicksMBD

    My3ChicksMBD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2013
    Hi everyone. I hate to say that two of my chicks have died. They got eaten by a bird. I need help identifying what bird it is. My dad put my chicks outside today and then I looked out the window and they weren't in the pen and then I ran outside and a bird was out there and flew off when it saw me. My big white bird was laying on the ground without a head. My black chick was pacing back in forth in the fence and my brown chick was missing. It must have already gotten eaten. The bird was probably about the size of a full grown chicken. When I saw it for a split-second, it looked like it was grayish - blue and white. I'm not sure. I think it was a hawk. Does anyone know what kind of hawk maybe gray/blue and white? Thanks. R.I.P Mufasa and Derpy. 9/22/13 ~My3ChicksMBD In loving memory.
  2. lazypifarm

    lazypifarm Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 5, 2011
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Sorry about your chicks! I'm not familiar with a blue/gray/white hawk or falcon, but it could have been an owl. Whereabouts are you?
  3. My3ChicksMBD

    My3ChicksMBD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2013
    I live in the East of the USA.
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    So sorry for your loss! Its difficult to tell what the hawk/falcon was by your description. In what state do you live? Coopers hawks are rather common in the United States (I have them all over my area). Do you live in a woody area, or open country? This will help decide what bird you saw.

    Here are some links to different hawks and falcons of the United States:

    The Cooper's Hawk(very common, shades of brown): http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/coopers_hawk/id
    Sharp-Shinned Hawk(similare to Cooper Hawk, but a little smaller): http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Sharp-shinned_Hawk/id
    American Kestrel (very small, but has blue and white): http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Kestrel/id
    Peregrine Falcon(these birds are grey, blue, and white): http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Peregrine_Falcon/id
    Gyrefalcon (not very common, so not all that likely):http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Gyrfalcon/id
    Red Tailed Hawk(this bird likes open country--doesn't really have any blue): http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/red-tailed_hawk/id
    Broad Winged Hawk (also not all that common):http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/broad-winged_hawk/id
    Red Shouldered Hawk(kind of rare, not really blue, but still possible):http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-shouldered_Hawk/id

    What time of day did this ocurr? Owls could be possible, but they hunt at night.

    Hope this helps!
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2013
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  5. My3ChicksMBD

    My3ChicksMBD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2013
    Thank you so much! I think that it may be a Cooper's Hawk. I'm not exactly sure, though. And it occurred at probably around 11:30 in the morning.

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