In the Brooder
- Dec 22, 2015
We live on a ranch just outside the San fancisco Bay Area, in the Altamont Pass, a region that has many birds of prey. Today, and we have never experienced such an attack, two Golden Eagles had our Bantam rooster in its talons and was lifting off when I hard the rooster's screams and went running flapping my arms, screaming - probably in itself, a scary sight for the Eagles to see. It did he trick and the Bantam was released from about 15 feet off the ground but was not hurt, just scared and a few feathers lighter. The other birds of prey, several Hawks, that were perched on the near fence were reluctant to leave even after the Eagles took flight and were only persuaded to go with the firing of the shotgun in the air. This was a very aggressive group hunt and I am wondering if anyone has experienced anything like this. By the way, Squeeky, our Bantam rooster is okay, just a little shaken and will stay closer to the flock from now on, I bet. Our chickens are free range but have a large hen house with a large run that they roost in at night. I will keep them in there for a few days until the eagle situation is better understood.