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Do hawks of any size kill an adult chicken?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by AB126, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. AB126

    AB126 New Egg

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    I've seen hawks in my neighborhood once or twice a day, and they're pretty common in where I live. Most of them are relatively small and I've never seen larger hawks. I'm just thinking if I should free-range my flock if I have hawks.
     
  2. ftfarmer22

    ftfarmer22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't worry as much about small hawks. Your chickens will be fine. I have lots of big hawks around my house and strangely non of my chickens have gotten killed. Hope this helps and good luck with your flock![​IMG]


    -ftfarmer22
     
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    It depends on what type of "small" hawks you have. Sharp-shinned hawks are no threat except to maybe chicks or tiny bantams. Cooper's hawks look quite similar and are somewhat larger. They are small compared to say red tailed hawks or even crows, but they can and will take large adult birds (believe me I know). They prefer to hunt in wooded areas. You may want to spend time learning to ID what kinds you have.

    However as long as you free range there is always the possibility of losing birds. If not to hawks, then foxes, dogs, coyotes, bobcats, etc depending on your location.
     

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