found out what killing my campine chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by swamperkk, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. swamperkk

    swamperkk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the other morning i found a campine hen kill with the head and some of the body eaten,thought it might be a cat,this morning a rooster with his head and some of the body gone,come to find out two owls doing the killing if they kill my two remaining rooster and hen i'm done,the chickens like to sleep in a tree at night rather than in my chicken cage with the other chickens,too bad its against the law to kill a owl
     
  2. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    The catching comes before the hanging.
     
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  3. swamperkk

    swamperkk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    already caught him or her,in the morning i'm going to release the great horn owl 20 miles from my house,it came back or finish the meal,walked to it with my fishing net easy as pie,hope it dont come back
     
  4. WthrLady

    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was already home by the time you got back in the car.
     
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  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    That was neither effective nor legal. Permit required for intentional capture and relocation. Easier approach is simply confining roosting birds out of owl reach.
     
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  6. swamperkk

    swamperkk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well i hope it wont come back,it might find a better meal in the woods than my chickens
     
  7. swamperkk

    swamperkk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if it does return i have a supprise waiting for him
     
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    As long as your chickens aren't in a coop at night, it will come back. If the owl doesn't get them, a raccoon will. If you really want to spare your chickens' lives, you need to confine them to secure shelter at night. Roosting in the trees makes them fair game for any night time predator that can reach them.

    If your "surprise" for the owl includes injuring, killing or harassing it in anyway, remember that it is a federal offense to do so, and you might not want to be bragging about it on a public forum. Really, you are leaving the chicken buffet out there for the owl to eat by letting your chickens roost outside. This is on you - not the owl.
     
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  9. swamperkk

    swamperkk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i didn't say anything about killing or injuring the owl its u who took this the wrong way,my big surprise is locking up the chickens in a pen rather than them flying up in a tree to roast,and its not bragging so before u type that u think what going to happen,think first
     
  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm very glad for their sake, you are taking the initiative to protect your chickens. There are those who would injure or kill an owl, legal or not, I'm glad you're not one of them. (Wasn't sure after your first statement about wishing you could kill it, and after you caught it and illegally transported it...) When one makes leading statements, people do tend to come to their own conclusions. Anyway, it's good that your chickens will be safe from now on and your owl is going to have to work a little harder for his meal. Maybe he'll help keep the rodent population down around your place. [​IMG]
     
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