Hawk crushing chicken to death on impact?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by K-12 Chickens, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. K-12 Chickens

    K-12 Chickens Songster

    Oct 6, 2010
    Snowbell, my Leghorn, was killed by an immature Red-Tailed Hawk a few months ago. When I examined her body, there was no cuts on her body whatsoever. Now I'm thinking, was she basically crushed to death by the weight of the hawk? Snowbell was a fairly lightweight hen and the hawk was of a larger size(and weight, I'm assuming).
  2. hitgsd

    hitgsd In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    Raptors, are birds who kill with their feet, i.e. crush the victim with their talons then eat them. Owls, eagles, falcons, kestrels, hawks all raptors. It would be possible to not see any wounds, or just small punctures. A hawk is not really heavy, probably lighter then say my red sex links, but their feet are very very strong.
  3. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Crowing

    Nov 10, 2010
    It was probably the impact when the hawk swooped down on her. They land pretty hard when they hit. I saw a hawk swoop on a rabbit and they both tumbled two or three times. Hawk just grabbed on, folded up and rolled with it.

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