Buff Orpington Killed by Hawk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickenLover741, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. ChickenLover741

    ChickenLover741 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2015
    My year old Biff Orpington hen was just struck by a large hawk (pretty large from what I saw, maybe two and a half feet?) and I'm worried it might come back. It was a gruesome death, and I don't want my other flock members to suffer the same demise. Should I keep them inside? It's been two days, and it hasn't returned, but I don't know if it's nesting nearby or something. What should I do?
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Sorry for your loss. So I assume either you let your birds range or have an uncovered run. I let mine range, understanding the risks involved but coupling that with vigilance. If you live in the country as I do, I keep at shotgun handy at all times. When I see a hawk either perching or soaring, I will let let off a couple blasts to spook it off. Seems to keep them away. I don't shoot at them - they're just trying to make a living - but that's how I keep them at bay. Good luck to you!

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