Grabbed by hawks under our own eyes, we grabbed them back!!!

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  1. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A nice story.......kind of nice.
    2 of our chickens were grabbed, 1 my dh grabbed the chicken out of it's claws.......he was sitting right there, the second he followed the hawk until it landed (not far he must be weak from hunger or the chicken is heavy or both) and when he put it down he grabbed that one too!!!

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    That was supervised free ranging!!! [​IMG]
     
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  2. Coop Deville

    Coop Deville Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow!
     
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    After decades of total protection it seems that hawks have lost all respect and fear of human beings.
     
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  4. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And dog! My dog was chewing on a bone right next to the first chicken because they're buddies!
    After a hundred years of locking up dogs in houses my dog is learning to be like his ancestors and stop chasing chickens for the hell of it! [​IMG] I don't think we're quit there yet but working on it.
     
  5. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow that's crazy. Did the dog do anything while this was going on?
     
  6. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No! I was thinking that today. He almost toyed our rooster to death not long ago. The rooster and 2 chickens jumped the fence.I never let them range with him around alone. Having said that, he lives with this one almost all the time. But Squat doesn't run which is probably why she's pecked..she's a very calm chicken. She was one of the ones grabbed and my dog did nothing!
    Mind you the two hawks did swoop down from the sky.
    A normal reaction would have been for him to jump and snatch the chicken. Probably not a good solution for the chicken.
    The hawks did this right next to my husband and the dog!
     
  7. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's wild! Any idea what kind of hawk?
     
  8. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually a pair of cooper hawks which means babies soon. I see nests in the trees, they are huge. I really don't think we are going to be able to supervise range without a cover on these chicken unless we feel like loosing all of them, buying more to loose them again.
    Any suggestions?
     
  10. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What I do is leave my chickens in a covered run during the day while we're gone at work and then when i come home in the later afternoon I let them out to free range. It seems at that time of the day the hawks are no longer flying around by us. However we have no visible nest nearby as you seem to so it might not work for you.
     

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