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Commotion at the coop. Wow!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 7L Farm, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I was getting in my truck & heard some racket at the coop. Immediately, got my gun & headed towards the coop. I have one girl locked in the run & the rest were ranging. I see this monster hawk on top of my run trying to get the girl inside. Did I shoot you ask heck ya. Not sure if I got it & I'll leave it at that. Can't find the flock & one girl was in the coop on the floor scared to death. Hopefully, the girls & Freddy are fine. I found my Dom under my deck. She hangs out their. So, I do know that three are alive & scared. Wow!! I've had this happen before but never seen one that big at my coop.
    It happened very very very fast. Beware this thing could probably kill a dog no problem.

  2. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Songster

    Jan 16, 2010
    Here is a news flash: Hawks are everywhere. It is illegal (FEDERAL) to interfere with them in any way.

    SSS - shut up shut up shut up.

    You had a hawk scare, sorry. I live with them very large to kinda small, every single day.
  3. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

    Jul 9, 2011
    Lago Vista, TX
    Quote:is it really necessary to be so rude?
  4. Capvin

    Capvin Songster

    Apr 13, 2011
    Lake Placid, FL
    I do not think the response was rude at all nor in any way. Like most of us we all liove with the hawks. If anyone thinks that illegally eliminating one wil;l even come close to solving the problem, then they are mistaken and I think that was what was being said. As is the case with most all predators the real solution is to make your coops and runs as predator proof as possible. Certainly, if you let your flock free range without any supervision you can logically expect that you will eventually lose some chickens and most all on this blog accept that as a fact. I have no problems when someone begins having a raccoon problem for them to set traps and/or shoot them because that is a legitimate method of predator control. You could say the same for rats and possum. But as for hawks not only are they a protected species, but shooting them will in no way solve your hawk problem. I think harveyhorses' post was fine.
  5. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    I think most know not to shoot at hawks,and we know posting about it could lead to a fine.Recall my post of a neighbor being fined for killing a hawk.Not sure how anyone found out.
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Yeah. If you chose to SCARE AWAY a hawk with the sound of a gun blast, it'd be best not to put it in print on a forum read 'round the world.
  7. TechnoCat

    TechnoCat Crowing

    Nov 20, 2011
    Wherever Angel is~
    Okay, yes, I agree with everyone, but I think that we could point this out in a little bit nicer way-- agreed?

  8. slim1986

    slim1986 Songster

    Sep 5, 2011
    Highfill, Arkansas
    I'd say harveyhorses was dead on! Eliminating (or attempting to eliminate) protected animals is something that should never be done!!!!!! *Whispers* or at least not done and then talked about online *coughs, clears throat* [​IMG]
  9. dainerra

    dainerra Crowing

    Jun 4, 2011
    yeah, with what Harveyhorse said. It's not just illegal to kill a hawk, but to take any action to scare them away as well.
    It's not recommended to publicly announce that you just committed a federal offense.
  10. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Man I know not to mess with a hawk now. It's a federal offense if I interfere with it. Am I ever relieved. I never have hendered ones travels. But they ain't messed with my chickens either. They aren't allow here. I think they know it.

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