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Hawk in the tractor! RIP Lenny *pics*

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Stonerowfarm, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Stonerowfarm

    Stonerowfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I walked out of my house on Thursday afternoon to see my mille fleur hen racing away from her run screaming. Typically she never leaves the run but had figured out how to scoot under the gate. Luckily she did (and took her four babies), went to the stone wall and hid in the bushes. When I walked up to the tractor - this is what I saw:

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    A hawk in the tractor with it's wings spread. I could see a bird underneath it struggling to get free. I ran around to the back of the coop and sure enough, there was a hawk on Lenny, my adult mille fleur roo. The pic is hard to see, but you can just barely make out the hawk's head:

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    I couldn't get the screen off, and no matter how much I banged on the coop, threw water and snow on the hawk, it would not leave Lenny.

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    We had a snow the night before and when I went out in the morning I had knocked all the snow off the mesh covering over the run and fastened up any part that has fallen down. Obviously during the morning with the wind and snow, a portion of the netting came down again. This hawk must have been waiting for the snow and struck the minute the netting fell. This is the third time this tractor has been hit. Twice last year and now this. My free rangers are never bothered by the hawk, my bantam coop is never bothered by it, it always seems to focus on this one coop. After we lost the hens last year DH constructed a frame and covered the backside and top with chicken wire. The sides were covered with deer netting so I could get in to clean, etc.

    My poor Lenny - he did what a wonderful little roo should do and gave his life protecting his hen and their four babies (three hens and a roo).

    [​IMG] Lenny and Maury with Lila and Mimi. (Mimi was taken last winter by the hawk.)

    DH spend yesterday covering the remaining area of the run with chicken wire to protect the survivors from any further hawk attacks.

    There are some days when it makes you wonder if it is all worth it. Watching my little roo be kiilled, then to hear the feeding was almost too much to bear.
     
  2. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    So sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

    I had the same thing happen a couple years ago. Dang hawk went right in the doorway of a little coop of mine. He would not leave either. I was right next to him (and scared) before I could get him to shooo away. He came back again the next day, too.
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I'm so sorry for your loss [​IMG]
     
  4. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry for your loss. I hope th hawk will be no more very soon.Beautiful chickens!
     
  5. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry for your loss....it is very agravating as I had the same thing happen last year only difference mine was hit by a bobcat [​IMG] nice looking birds you have
     
  6. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I am so sorry. [​IMG]
     
  7. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    That's awful, so sorry! I keep a large fish net on a long pole right by my coop/run gate. Great for catching chickens, and I imagine it would've worked well here too. The net is just big enough to snag a large rooster, but small enough that they can't flap around in it and hurt themselves. Be very watchful, Mr. Hawk will be back!
     

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