Hawk attack (graphic)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Coralietg, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. Coralietg

    Coralietg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's been a long time since we had a loss. I came out to throw some kitchen scraps, see a hawk fly off and land in a tree. With around 50 chickens outside didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what he was up to.

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    The head seemed to be hollowed out? I think it was starting on the crop when I disturbed it. 4 roosters, and all hiding in the coop!

    Poor lovely Brahma. Is this likely to be a recurring problem? This is the first (or possibly second) hawk attack in nearly 6 years of having chickens.
     
  2. maxsgoldens

    maxsgoldens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It would have been going for the Breast muscle, not the crop
     
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  3. Coralietg

    Coralietg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gotcha, makes sense. I saw the busted open crop and just assumed.
     
  4. maxsgoldens

    maxsgoldens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of the common misconceptions when it comes to hawk attacks are that they eat the crop, carry the bird away, decapitate and eat the head, when in reality hawks do none of these things, or at least very rarely. It will be a recurring thing. You will need to put netting over your pen
     
  5. Coralietg

    Coralietg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The pen is hardware cloth. They free range during the day on a 1/4 acre of pine trees. Losses are inevitable, just little experience with hawks.
     

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