can a halk kill a full grown chicken

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Berynn, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. Berynn

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    I lost two, two monthold chicks to a halk. Can a halk kill a full grown chicken?:[​IMG]
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    YES
     
  3. DuckLady

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  4. crazy4chicsinBC

    crazy4chicsinBC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lost a full grown chicken to hawk I wasted no time in covering my run. I don't ever want to see that agian!
     
  5. Berynn

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    This is my first time having chickens. So far I lost one tw day old chick, the second day I had it, then I lost one last week I thought that my lab got it. but now I'm not that sure. and I lost two yesterday.
    The mistake that I am making is wanting them to have more freedom. I have a great coop and it is fenced in with 3/4 inch chicken wire. We like to play with them in the yard. I have two that are maybe six months old. I let them roam. and at night they go back to their coop. Is that a bad idea. I will never let my babies free range again. They are two months old now. I am just uncertain about the six month old hens. The man at the feed store told me that hawlks usually wont take a full grown hen. Is that true:old
     
  6. DuckLady

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    Chicken wire is going to do nothing to stop anything from getting in. I recommend 1x2 welded wire fencing at least 5 feet high (so you can go in without stooping much) reinforced with 1/2 inch hardware cloth up to 2 or 3 feet. and cover your run.

    The man at the feed store told me that hawlks usually wont take a full grown hen. Is that true

    No, it is not true.​
     
  7. Berynn

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    I'm sorry I didn't mean to write chicken wire I meant to write 3/4 inch chicken fence, some one on this site also said to use shiny abjects that hawks don't like shiny stiff, today I am going to put aluminum pie pans around the top of the coop
     

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