First predator attack - a Coopers hawk!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by moetrout, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Milan, MI
    I live in the country and I know I have plenty of predators, but I trap and kill anything that cares to wander too close to the coup. Yesterday the DW goes to collect eggs and yells to me to come out and see what she trapped inside the coup. I guess the hens were making a fuss and when she was trying to see what the problem was she saw something go inside the coup and knew it "was no chicken butt". So not only was this hawk after them in the run but once they all ran out of the run it went inside the coup to look for more! So I got a bunch of pics and then opened the people door to let it out. Can't shoot federally protected birds. He flys to the top of the kids swingset not more than ten feet from the coup and stays there. It was a small jouvenile, so me and the wife agreed he was probably was no threat to the hens. WRONG!!! About ten minutes later we are watching from the house and he swoops down and flys about a foot off the ground to where the hens were by the wood pile. I heard quite a ruckus from the hens as he attacked and I was out the door in my stocking feet. There were a lot of feathers, but all the hens made it out alive with one being slightly nicked, but ok. He actually chased the hen behind the wood pile into a tight spot between the wood pile and a chain link fence and got stuck. Since they are a protected species could do no harm to him and can not really tell you the rest. If I had only had some leather gloves, a box, and a vehicle I would have taken him for a very long ride, but we don't have anything like that were I live. [​IMG]

    I'll post pics when I have time to upload them.
  2. dufus

    dufus Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2011
    i guess it is a federal offense to kill hawks, but, i live in the woods of mississippi, and it is a CAPITAL offense for anything that kills my chickens. ... just saying...
  3. TCollier

    TCollier Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2010
    Franklin, Ohio
    Glad all are OK. Too bad you don't have leather gloves a box or a vehicle. I didn't have anything like that either when one went into my enclosure.
  4. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    Glad all of you're hens are ok hope you catch the bird and release it where it wont bother you're hens.
  5. chicken grandma

    chicken grandma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2008
    west michigan
    I found a Coopers hawk in my coop on top of my 7 year old RIR. He was ripping her wing off. I had her euthanized and the hawk flew past me out the door.
    He came back later, landed and walked around the coop looking for a way in. Gutsy birds!
  6. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Milan, MI
    Yeah, I'd have to say this bird was awlful gutsy too! The last I saw of him he hitched a ride going south!
  7. Hens & Hounds

    Hens & Hounds Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2011
    Did it look like these 2?



  8. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Shapleigh, Maine
    Sorry to hear that! But glad the hens were ok for the most part. Hawks are a tough one due to laws and such. Sometimes they do have accidents and fly into things they shouldn't. Not that I know from personal experience, just say'n.
  9. AndersonFolk

    AndersonFolk Out Of The Brooder

    Practice the three S methodÂ… That is all I'll say.
  10. xrfever

    xrfever New Egg

    May 5, 2011
    Quote:what is the three S method?

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