Hawk Population

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Fentress, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. Fentress

    Fentress Songster

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    I hate to bring this up, but has anyone noticed a decrease in hawk acitivity this year? Although the fall migration season has not started, by now I usually have one or two that have paid a visit. Maybe the stiff winter has decreased their numbers? (knock on wood).
     
  2. MXCOJA1

    MXCOJA1 In the Brooder

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    Yeah ive noticed their was a chicken hawk near by and my rooster attacked it and i havent seen it since i always saw it at least 5 times a week also in my uncles farms their has not been some around
     
  3. SoonerMykah

    SoonerMykah In the Brooder

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    Ive only seen the Redtail hawks this year.
     
  4. Fentress

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    I also have a new rooster this year, that could be making a difference. Just curious if others have been seeing the same number of hawks as usuall.
     
  5. Pyro01

    Pyro01 In the Brooder

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    This winter was pretty hard, I hunted with my hawk through most of it and it wasn't until late February until I had days to hunt that were above 15 degrees. However, you'd be surprised how many will show up out of the woodwork. Most hawks that end up preying on chickens are juveniles, and are still learning what they can catch. I've seen a ton of adults around, but I imagine you'll start seeing more juveniles in half a month.
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    I just lost a juvenile bantam today; probably to the juvenile Red Tailed hawk I've seen here. I haven't noticed fewer hawk numbers, here in southern Michigan, but I'm not actually counting either. Mary
     
  7. ChickenLife

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    Where I live the Hawks have the right of way and they are watching them from hatching to learning to hunt. Its best if you lock up your chickens Like I do mine. I have giant garder snakes too witch are protected and would love to eat my Bantams they get very big.. I have chain link lined with chicken wire and the aviary wire on top of that. I have Hawks watching the chickens all the time and the snakes come out after the mice that are around every were. They are meadow mice and they are pretty silly. If you want your chickens SAFE have there pen secured from top to bottom with put them in it.
     

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