Hawk - This is why I don't free range unsupervised!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Cacique500, Jul 31, 2016.

  1. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Songster

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    Caught a large hawk on camera today stalking the 2 week old chicks. The run is 10 ft. tall for size reference...this was a big boy for sure...

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    And leaving empty handed...

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    Last edited: Jul 31, 2016
  2. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    That hawk was huge and it's a good thing they were under a covered run. We have hawks all year round but mainly in the fall.
     
  3. Millworker26

    Millworker26 In the Brooder

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    Great picture, beautiful hawk.
     
  4. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging

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    LOVE YOUR COOP/RUN! Secure & roomy [​IMG]
     
  5. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Songster

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    Think it was a Cooper's Hawk. Thanks for the coop/run comments!
     
  6. Weehopper

    Weehopper Songster

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    Newly fledged young hawk. Not all are born good hunters. Many of them die within their first year.
     
  7. Weehopper

    Weehopper Songster

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    Young Red Tailed, I think.
     
  8. 3feathers

    3feathers In the Brooder

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    Nice video. I had a hawk land right outside my window after a chicken. Had to run out and scare it off. I found that shot gun blanks work well as a deterrent if you are in a location that you can use them. They don't like the noise, it's effective at a distance or when they are in the air. and after a few encounters often avoid the area, and of course it is illegal to kill them. It looks like you don't even need to bother with deterring them.
     
  9. happyfrenchman

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    Immature Red Tail. Some of them are very poor hunters and are very hungry. My birds have been being stalked by one for a week. I am leaving them in tomorrow.
     

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