Chicken killed in NJ - by Hawk - What kind? &why do they take the head

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kschnur, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. kschnur

    kschnur New Egg

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    One of my favorite Roosters was killed today by some type of Hawk. The rooster was hand raised and was only 4 months old. The hawk had completely ripped off and eaten the head. Now he wont' leave my area. What can I do? Any Suggestions?[​IMG]
     
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  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    So sorry to hear that....... keep your birds locked up for a while...the hawk will return until he sees nothing to eat........be very watchful after a few days........then try again....so sorry you lost your roo:(
     
  3. kschnur

    kschnur New Egg

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    Thanks! That is exactly what we are doing, keeping the rest locked up until the hawk realizes he isn't getting any more. Also my hubby is working on screening the top of the pen for them so they will be safer it. It was so horrible.. We were just so sad. [​IMG]
     
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    okiechick57 is right. Keep them out of site, only let them out if you are going to be out there with them. The hawk will get hungry and go elsewhere if it cannot get an easy meal with you out there. So sorry for your loss.
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    If you do let them out while you supervise them just be aware that the hawk can still snatch one even with you standing there.
     
  6. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    So sorry.....
    JJ
     
  7. kschnur

    kschnur New Egg

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    Yes - the Hawk was clearly not afraid of me when I went out there to get him away and he really wasn't even afraid of my DOG either...
     
  8. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

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    I live in NW NJ. I have a covered run when they are outside. Or I can be the main alpha roo when they free range and stand in the middle with the chickens. I have had buzzards and hawks circle but have never had on etry. I swear if they do I got a air gun that can shoot a sharp bullet 1200 FPS. I will put that bullet right between the eyes.
     
  9. kyfarmer

    kyfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i hate a Hawk it gets my chickens all the time
    matt
     
  10. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Quote:You don't have to worry about the buzzards, they only eat dead stuff. [​IMG]
     

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