Hawk attacked with me just 20 ft. away! Everyone is O.K.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Dark Dozens, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. Dark Dozens

    Dark Dozens Out Of The Brooder

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    I did not think that a hawk would attack with me being just 20 feet away. But now I know. These chickens are my first, so everything is a learning experience. The cockerel did a great job of warning everyone. He let out a loud scream just before the hawk was at ground level. The cockerel and five of the pullets made a quick dash back to the coop. The remaining two pullets hid under a pine tree. I ran at the hawk, waving my arms, and screaming like a madman. I may have scared the chickens more than the hawk did.
     
  2. LilChickCoop

    LilChickCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad to hear everyone is ok... what type of hawk?
     
  3. Dark Dozens

    Dark Dozens Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been looking online, trying to find out what type of hawk. But I haven't figured it out quite yet.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    whatbird.com is a good site for determining different types of birds.

    Hawks will attack if you are 2' away, not necessarily 20'
     
  5. 2many2count

    2many2count Chillin' With My Peeps

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    EEEEEKKKKKKK!!!!!!
    I am glad to hear all is well after that experience. I have to say watching the one we had her this summer I didnt think they would either. But everytime it went to get closer I would move around enough to make it go back to tree farthest away from my chickens. Guess I had young one cause he wasnt that brave and would scare easily but wasted my whole day out in sunshine with my labs lol.
     
  6. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    I found it easier to ID our hawks according to the sounds they made.Ours is a red shoulder hawk.
     
  7. JROOSTER

    JROOSTER Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im glad you didnt get carried off by the Hawk! I wish I could have been there to see you running around like a madman!!! [​IMG]
     
  8. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

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    good job getting that hawk away.

    i lost one to a hawk yesterday. wish i would of been there to protect mine.
     
  9. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Hawks can be pretty brazen. Once when we were pheasant hunting, a hawk swooped down right over the head of one of the guys we were hunting with. It grabbed a hen pheasant right in front of him. When it came over him, it was so close he could've reached up and grabbed the thing.
     
  10. Dark Dozens

    Dark Dozens Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:After talking to my neighbor and looking at pictures online, we're pretty sure it was a Cooper's Hawk.
     

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