Hawk Attack!


10 Years
Sep 28, 2009
Bridgeport, N.Y.
My 2 Rhode Island Reds were attacked by a Redtail Hawk. I heard the commotion and ran out and was able to scare the hawk off 1 chicken which was pinned down by the hawk and on top of the same. As I fired my shotgun to scare off the hawk further the other chicken dissappeared. My wife ran out and went over to the chicken the hawk had attacked (which was lying still in the pen) and started to pet it thinking the worst!!! The chicken then jumped up and went back into the pen. In the meantime I searched around my land shotgun in hand hoping the hawk did not get my other chicken. I searched for hours and finally gave up but left open the gate to the outer pen area in hopes of the chicken coming back. To my suprise 3 hours later I turned around and the missing chicken had run back into the pen area unharmed! My problem now is neither chicken is laying eggs??? Do I need a Chicken Psychiatrist! Meanwhile the entire outer pen area has been covered in chickenwire top to bottom!


In the Brooder
10 Years
Aug 19, 2009
Newman Lake WA
Don't worry, after a tramatic event it normally takes 30 days to start laying again, maybe sooner. Think if you had a near death experience, you wouldn't quite be yourself either. Probably distracted at work lol. good job scaring off that hawk, I use firecrackers, works pretty well.

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