Hawk attack

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by featherfooted, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. featherfooted

    featherfooted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had chickens for about 6 years and today I lost my first hen to a hawk. I let my hens free range in my backyard during the day. This morning I looked out and saw the chickens acting funny, so I went out to check it out and the only chickens I saw were under the grape vines in the back of the yard. The backyard is about 3/4 acre. I then saw one of my Buckeyes laying on the ground dead. I heard the hawks before I saw them. There were 3 of them. I guess I scared them off before they could eat the hen. All of the chicken are now in the run and most are under the coop, even the ducks. I guess that is the end of them free ranging and I now need the put netting over the run. [​IMG]
     
  2. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, 6 years. Do you have a dog? I didn't know they would be hunting 3 at a time. That's scarey. [​IMG] I'm sorry for your loss.
     
  3. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    [​IMG] sorry!
     
  4. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Austin Tx
    Sorry for your loss. 6 yrs is a long time. Hawks are bad right now. I have been keeping my girls in the run a little more every day. Right now they are roaming my backyard and I keep looking out the windows. [​IMG]
     
  5. featherfooted

    featherfooted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, I have 4 dogs. I think that they were on the deck and this happen behind the coop so they couldn't see it. I don't know if they were hunting together or not, but their were 3. One sitting in the pine tree and 2 flying.
     
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Hi, I had my first hawk attack after 4 years. It was a 12 week old that I had put in an open pen for fresh air. Since then, my free range chickens will not come out in the open. The yard has been so quiet, they are all in the bushes.
     
  7. DaddyChicken

    DaddyChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry to hear that. We lost a BR two weeks ago to a hawk.
     

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