Can a Kestrel Cause Harm to FUll Grown Chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ILoveJoe, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There has been a Kestrel sitting on top of the barn watching the chickens in the morning. It is pretty small as far as birds of prey go, but I wonder if it can still cause any damage?
     
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    You have nothing to worry about so just admire how beautiful they are.
     
  3. prariechiken

    prariechiken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nothing to worry about, in fact they kill and eat the winged rats that frequent your yard... [​IMG]
     
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Nah... if you were free ranging Seramas it might be a problem.
     
  5. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Kestrels are gorgeous little guys. I'm pretty sure that unless you have itty bitty chicks you shouldn't have to worry about him. Mice on the other hand are probably quaking in terror since he arrived [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    No but my Ameraucana sure tried to do harm to him [​IMG] she jumped that poor little guy and flew 12ft in the air to the roof of the coop and beat the snot out of him [​IMG] it was a great sight wish I had my camera.
     
  7. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am glad he can't hurt the chickens. He looked cold and hungry though, poor little bugger.
     
  8. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, not to worry. I have had resident families of kestrels here for years and they have never posed a threat to my hens. In fact, start watching the kestral behavior, as they will alert when hawks are around and dive them in trees or in the air. You may love having the kestrels around. And they are awfully pretty aren't they?

    Anne
     
  9. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so cool i love kestrals....
    keep them around,, they are there for the MICE..
     
  10. mikeksfarmer

    mikeksfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would build him a box and put it up on a pole near by in an open area. 10 - 15' South or east facing They love mice and house sparrows. Having them around eating the mice will reduce the chance of having something that eats mice and is much bigger. Much bigger means it could eat a chicken.
     

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