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Hawk alert!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sjisty, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    I'm upstairs in the bathroom and I hear the danger cry from 50 beaks outside. I look out the bathroom window and see several hens at a dead run heading for the coop. I go to the bedroom and look out the back window. Note, we have lots of shrubs in the back perfect for hiding in. Through my limited view (and hearing) I hear a scuffle and see a good-sized hawk come out from under one of the bushes and land in a clearing where my chickens love to dirt-bathe. Now, of course, I'm kicking off my slipper socks and running downstairs. I slow down long enough to put on my flip-flops - grab a rake at the front door (we got some fill dirt yesterday and were raking it, hence the handy weapon) and run into the back yard.

    Of course by now there is no sign of the hawk. The chickens are all fine. They all ran into the coop with Rocky, my wonderful roo, standing in the doorway as if to say, you have to go through me to get to them! All's well that ends well, but my adrenalin is on full alert!

    My chickens love to free range and the hawks don't usually bother the grown ones, but if I let a little guy out, he's almost guaranteed to be hawk food this time of year, so my "littles" are in a covered pen 24/7.

    Okay, I'm starting to breath easier, calming down, everything is okay. On a side note, Frack, my house chicken, is in the kitchen bokbokboking her head off right now. When I came inside I found her hiding in the bathroom behind the toilet! Just another day in the life of a chicken-owned person!
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Boy, ain't that the truth!

    Glad you didn't lose any.
     
  3. cabot

    cabot Chillin' With My Peeps

    I lost a full grown buff orpington and easter egger in november to hawks. I thought my large birds would be fine but not so much.... The hawk killed each by diving/striking then started to eat where they were killed as they were each easily as large as the hawk ( the buff orpington probably larger) . They have been in lock down for 2 weeks and I just put them back out( they were miserable in confinement). I know it is a risk and both were killed just outside of their shelter. I don't think they even saw it coming.... My hens are in a large fenced grassy paddock and I can't cover it. They have a coop that is raised as well as sturdy wooden shelters to scurry under and I'm considering a roo to at least help with warning...

    I hope your hawk stays away!
     

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