Giant hawk in the middle of the city.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by RichM, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. RichM

    RichM Just Hatched

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    So I've been living in my city for 30 years, and never saw any kind of bird of prey. Then I get chickens, and several months later, I find a dead chicken and a giant hawk looming over our chicken pen. He killed our almost fully grown Buff Orpington. This happened in the middle of a city of 100,000 people. Zoom in to see this monster up close.

    https://goo.gl/photos/fkgfYfCF452Du6qw5

    So the moral of the story is that you do need to cover your chickens. We put a large piece (25x25) of aviary cloth over the pen to prevent this in the future, which has its own challenges, such as, how to keep the leaves from piling up on top and how to coax a chicken down who happens to get on top of it.
     
  2. austrolover1

    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here in the country we have the same problem, and we also cover it with a type of netting. :)
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2016
  3. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We live in a large urban with lots of trees, we have hawks and great horned owls. Which why I didn't hesitate to put a top on my run when I built it.
     
  4. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Country living here. Hawks, hoot owls, foxes, raccoons, deer, coyote, see them all at least once a week. Keeping them under cover is good. Mine free range daily, so they have to protect themselves sometimes. And sometimes I lose one. Such is nature.
     

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