hawk egg breaking question????

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chikinfarmr, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. chikinfarmr

    chikinfarmr In the Brooder

    Nov 27, 2011
    Southern tip of Illnois
    Yesterday, a red tail hawk attacked my hens while they were out. None were hurt, but badly freaked out. I scared the hawk away. Three of the hens went into the coop which I was cleaning at the time. I had not collected eggs yet. The three hens got into the nest boxes and started breaking the eggs. I stopped them and gathered the remaining eggs. Does anyone know why they would do this??? They layed great today??? Never seen this before. Any ideas???

  2. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Songster

    Jun 23, 2011
    My friend (who breeds rabbits) said that a mama rabbit will eat the babies if it feels threatened... Could it be that is why they were breaking their eggs? Just a guess.
  3. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Songster

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    I've never had that (or heard of that before) happen either, and I have had more than my share of hawk attacks this year. are you sure they weren't just panicked and trying to get away from the hawk?

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