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Guess it's our turn....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chicknmania, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I went outside for a minute this morning and heard our chickens rioting frantically by the barn. I had just put Checker and Fuego outside in their pens as it was such a nice warm day and everyone else was free ranging around. I glanced down towards the barn and saw a flash of wings..dashed down there and the young (Cooper's) hawk was just sitting on the ground, gazing around as if to say "dang it, I missed!!!!" All the free ranging chickens had managed to take cover in time, poor Checker was the closest one in his pen and he was about catatonic, but ok. I went in the barn to try and do a head count. I came across Doodle roo hiding in a corner of the barn, huddling close to the body of a headless Golden Comet, I think it was Gretel. She was cold and stiff, we were gone all day yesterday, I think a hawk came in the barn after them yesterday or the day before, and grabbed her by the neck, while she was trying to hide, which is what they often do. The rest of the body was undisturbed, so he must've gotten scared and taken off after he killed her. I did not have any CD's hanging around the barn doorway...I do now. RIP, Gretel. [​IMG]
    Last year two hawks came into our barn and killed one of our bantam roosters, same thing, when he was trying to hide. Then, they couldn't find their way out, til we opened more doors. You'd think I would've learned from the last time. [​IMG]
     
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Darn...I'm so sorry for your loss.
     
  3. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I don't know if anyone else has experienced this, but something to think about...it seems that the hawks go after certain colors and patterns more than others. Not always, but a lot of times, they target the chickens who are mottled with white. I mean maybe it's just coincidence, we have lost solid black and brown leghorn chickens to hawks, too, but I just thought I'd mention it. Gretel was just a golden comet, but she had a broad patch of white on her back. This is the second time she's been attacked by a hawk, earlier this summer I chased one off her. And, we had another hen, a speckled sussex banty, who was attacked by a hawk twice...the second time the end of her. And her rooster, another speckled sussex, was killed by a hawk after that.
     
  4. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    [​IMG] sorry to hear about Gretel. Bad bad hawky.[​IMG]:mad:
     

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