Hawk question

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by FloridaChickenChick, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. One of my girls (4 weeks old at the time) was left outside of the run for an afternoon...I understand how it happened and have hollered long and loud enough that I don't think it will happen again. But here's the thing...when I got home that afternoon, there was a hawk up in a tree. As soon as I got out of the truck I heard him calling...normally I love seeing hawks around but now of course, it's different. Fortunately, my little wyandotte was running alongside the side of the run with the other girls inside...it was hard to tell she wasn't inside and I guess the hawk was sitting up there trying to figure out what the heck was going on.

    When my girls are full grown, will hawks be a problem for them? Do hawks take full grown chickens? I have RIRs and wyandottes and EEs. We're making a fenced yard for them but I'm wondering if they'll be safe.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I can imagine hawks can do full grown chickens. I've seen them pick up bantums and take them away. We've had a couple of 'chicken' hawks in our neighborhood for many years. (the neighborhood to the south has many free range chickens). This year when a new development went in where the hawks hung out I haven't seen them. Will probably have more chickens running around the neighborhood this year.
  3. spiderman

    spiderman In the Brooder

    Jul 18, 2008
    The Sticks, VT
    Yeah, hawks can probably take full-grown chickens. But one time at my friend's house we were walking by his chickens (they free-range) and there was a hawk walking around with them and it looked like he was eating their food as well!
  4. Royal Blue

    Royal Blue In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2008
    Where my better half is
    A hawk will attack a chicken, kill it, eat what it can if it can not carry it away. Part of the bird of prey's instinct is the take down, so just be on the look out. They will attack.
  5. Well, darn.

    Thanks, all!
  6. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Osteen, FL
    On the flip side, will a chicken attack a hawk?

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