Falcon attack : (

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Jumpyquail, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Jumpyquail

    Jumpyquail New Egg

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    A falcon attacked and slaughtered my quail and traumatized one of them should I kill the falcon or let it be
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm sure that would be illegal.
     
  3. Jumpyquail

    Jumpyquail New Egg

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    Turns out that it was a kestrel and I let it be I was just shocked at wha it did I forgot how hard wild animals have to hunt I let the bird go ... sadness I miss my quail
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I understand, it's tough.

    I keep bottle rockets handy if hawks are hanging around. The pop up where they are sometimes helps.

    Around here, both acipiters and buteo hawks give people fits. I've lost some meat birds to hawks but each of the rest of my flocks all have a penedesenca rooster with them and the hawks have tried on occasion but have been unable to get any hens.
    I lose more birds to dogs and raccoons. The way I look at it, the dogs and raccoons are invasive species, as am I and my chickens. The hawks were here before us.
    The same can't be said for quail, they're native too. Acipiters primary prey is birds so I guess we just need more birds.
     
  5. Cheeky Chick

    Cheeky Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have lost many, many birds to raccoons. I have become an expert in raccoon dispatch. We have loads of hawks but I have so many large bushes, my chickens are usually safe from over head attacks. (I also have a thick tree canopy over most of my property)
     

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