Hawk attack!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mangled, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. mangled

    mangled Songster

    With an unusual ending. We were out raking and burning off the old leaves in a vain attempt to knock down our rampant tick population when I saw the shadow of a hawk fly over.
    Stood to watch where it went, because the early stuff is in the garden and my husband has the chickens confined to the run. All 4 roosters crowed about the same time, and the girls looked up, and then I saw him coming in, right for the run.
    I dropped my rake and went running across the yard, shouting and waving my arms, and then the hawk hits the run, feathers went flying, I was sure someone was dead. The hawk didn't come up out of the run, and then the melee ensued. Brutus, my BO, was goind nuts on the hawk, the hawk was trying to get itself untangled from Brutus, hens were running and sqwaking everywhere, and finally the hawk got it's wing under him flew off dropping feathers everywhere just as I reached the run.
    Brutus was so enraged from the battle, he flogged me pretty badly, I've got some steri-strips on it, so hopefully it'll heal without the benefit of stitches. [​IMG]
    I checked every hen and counted every chick and no one is missing or has any injuries. The only conclusion I can come to is that the feathers were the hawk's.
    This is our first hawk attack. They are always up there circling, but our free-ranging flock has never been hit. It's always when they're in the run that the hawks come in close.

    So, I'm guessing this year, the hawks that nest in our big oak at the back of the clearing *aren't* going to ignore my chickens. [​IMG]
  2. meriruka

    meriruka Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    I've often wondered who wins more often- the hawk or the rooster. I have netting over my run and I can only let the girls out to free range when I'm there to watch them.
    If a big rooster could run off a hawk, maybe I'll get one.
    Glad to hear all your chickens are Ok.
  3. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Songster

    Mar 6, 2008
    East Tennessee
    I would keep old Brutus for sure! [​IMG] Im just thinking if that hawk went back and told his friends that he got his butt whipped by a Big Buff. [​IMG]
  4. Good for Brutus! I hope he didn't mark you too badly either. I guess you'll be covering the run? We have so many raptors here I could write the definitive guide to them...we're working on our outdoor run today and we have no choice but a roof, which will be clear vinyl corrugated panels....
  5. mangled

    mangled Songster

    Yeah, we're adding a roof. We have always free-ranged the flock, but my husband is on a gardening kick (price of gas, food... [​IMG] ) and will not let the flock out for free-ranging until we can get the fence up around the garden.

    We're going to use the old snow fence we have laying up at the front of our acreage. There's a thread here that gave me the idea.

    My husband seems in no hurry to fence the garden, as everyday he's tilling and adding to it with our ancient tiller...I keep praying for the belt to snap on that bloody thing... [​IMG] I'm all for having a garden, but sheesh. And you know who'll be out in the garden doing the upkeep and weeding, don't you? Me. [​IMG]

  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Sounds like you got one good roo on your hands. A broody hen had to beat up the hawlk that visited here. Roo was shutting the rest of the hens inside, and the broody wouldn't leave her chick out to be food, turned around, and beat up the hawk. Haven't had a hawk eat anyone since. Also don't have polish anymore... they were too easy of targets.
  7. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    YAY for Brutus !!!

    I think the run makes them a bit of a target as they are confined. We're lucky to be wooded on 3 sides so the flock has good coverage when they are out to roam. I realize either way I risk losing some of my birds.

    I strung heavy duty fishing line across the top of the run then tied bits of orange yarn to blow in the breeze. My hopes were #1 it would look (from above) as some sort of barrier #2 if somebody makes a dive bomb they will temporarily get tangled buying the flock a little more time to hide in coops or underneath the main coop attached to the run.

    I'm using old orange snow fencing to protect my tomatoes and peppers from the chickens and the ducks... they eat everything. I fear some of my roses won't be coming back this year....

    Julie [​IMG]
  8. thechickman04

    thechickman04 Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Cumming, Georgia
    i wish i had a brutus...i have a terrible hawk problem...my grampa has seen a hawk attack one of my chickens and take her head right off...they were free ranging but almost my whole flock got killed...so my dad built me a really nice coop
  9. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Hooray for Brutus!!!
  10. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    WOW - That Roo is definatly a keeper.

    So glad it all turned out well.

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