Don't know how much more I can stand

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chicknmania, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    My absolute favorite pullet ever, Uno, was killed by a hawk yesterday. I saw Hannibal the Cooper's hawk hanging out watching them yesterday, when I was leaving on a way to a meeting. It was the first nice day we've had for a while; record temps here; and Uno decided to go out and explore; I had to laugh as she trotted up to me through the snow earlier in the day. I chased Hannibal away and watched til I saw him heading towards the swamp at the extreme rear of our property, then I figured it was safe to leave(didn't have much choice anyway) as Uno was in the barn. I worried about her all day,but didn't get back til after dark. My son found her feathers outside the barn this morning. She was the prettiest, and tamest pullet we had; Jack Frost was her dad and he has Whitey blood, which we have been desparately trying to keep the Whitey line going...she would've been able to help do that...just two months old. All of Whitey's babies have been killed by predators except Jack Frost. We have had problems with Hannibal in the past; but he has never preyed on our flock this much; he is very distinctive because he is huge; larger than most Cooper's hawks I've seen. I know the logical solution would be to pen them up; but I just hate to do that after they have been free range so long. Usually they are hawk-wise and stay under cover when the hawk's aroud, but she was just a baby and had no rooster to hang with and tell her what to do...Just looking for a shoulder to cry on. We are hoping Thing One will still hatch something, because the chances are good she'd have some Jack Frost babies too, but she is a day past the estimated due date..Anyway, thanks for listening. [​IMG]
  2. Varisha

    Varisha Songster

    Mar 22, 2007
    I'm sorry for your loss [​IMG]
  3. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    I am so sorry for your loss. [​IMG] I know it's hard to lose a family pet. I had to finally cover our run b/c of hawks. I didn't want to do it, but it seems to truely be the only way to keep them safe. I let mine free range w/ supervision on most evenings before they coop up at night. I know even supervised free range is not a guarantee for safety. It's a battle. The hawks are more aggressive in the winter b/c they have less food and are hungry. All the predators will be crawling out of the woods looking to be fed. I just hate it! [​IMG] Sending hugs your way!
  4. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I hope you get some jack frost babies. I know how it feels loosing the tamest pullet. [​IMG]:aww
  5. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    [​IMG] so sorry for you
  6. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
  7. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Awww, I just checked out "Memorials" that you started, and saw the reference to Uno. So sorry.
  8. TransplantedTexan

    TransplantedTexan Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Bear Creek, Wi
    Sorry about that.
    I know how you feel in reference to wanting them free ranging. I had originally let mine have run of the yard as well, but was forced to build a covered run when they started wondering across the street, and several got hit by cars.
    I liked it much more when they were running around the yard, but I imagine they are happier not getting smushed by cars, eaten by hawks, ecetera.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2007
  9. crazy4chicsinBC

    crazy4chicsinBC Songster

    Nov 22, 2007
    Abbotsford, B.C.
    Sorry for your loss.

    I too lost a hen to a hawk and then like others built a covered run, didn't want to go through that again. [​IMG]
  10. Chellester

    Chellester Songster

    Jun 22, 2007
    Nor Cal

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