Close call with hawk

Sep 22, 2019
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today is a nice day here at just above freezing. I had cleared their area of snow inside their electric poultry net. They spent most of the day out there and were loving it. We have kept in this large fenced off area when we let them out as we live on the edge of a wooded area with lots of predators. We have not really seen many hawks here before They have never had an issue. Today , we were having lunch and my wife screamed and I looked to see the chickens all scurrying into the coop. My wife couldn’t find the words at first but a large hawk had swooped down to ground level and flew off. We ran outside in the snow with no shoes on and did a head count. Our white rock was missing. Then I heard her in the woods. She had flown over the fenced area and I could see in the snow prints that she was airborn further then I ever imagined she could . She was hiding in The snow in some branches. She let me walk over and never flinched as I picked her up and brought her back. She did a great job avoiding that hawk. Needless to say they are all locked up for the remainder of the day. My wife thinks that now that hawk will always come back knowing she was close to a meal. I wonder if that is true.
 

HenOnAJuneBug

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My wife thinks that now that hawk will always come back knowing she was close to a meal. I wonder if that is true.
Maybe, maybe not. I heard chicken alarming the other day and went out on the front deck to see what was going on. I saw a hawk on the ground checking out the chickens under the deck. It flew off when it saw me, and I haven't seen it since.
 

Folly's place

Crossing the Road
Sep 13, 2011
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I keep mine in for at least ten days to two weeks, and no hawk sightings. Once we had a Cooper's hawk who took three weeks to leave, so be prepared.
Before I understood what was going on, a hawk would return every three or four days, get another bird, and then be invisible until it needed that next meal.
It's why it is best to have enough safe space in the coop and maybe covered run to outlast raptors, blizzards, or whatever else comes their way.
Mary
 

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