Hawk took two babies.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Hessk, May 15, 2019 at 5:44 PM.

  1. Hessk

    Hessk Chirping

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    I just had a hawk take two 1month olds that free range with their mom. I won’t be letting the babies out anymore (will probably just sell them since the hawk took the only two females from me). Is there a certain amount of time I should keep my grown hens inside before letting them out again? Is a hawk the type of animal with keeps returning for more? I’m so hurt.
     
  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    I'm so sorry! :hugs That's just terrible. :(
    Unfortunately, the hawk will return for a while looking for more easy meals. I think it would be best if you kept the flock locked in their run for a couple of weeks.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Sorry for your loss, and sadly once they find a food source they continue checking. Is there a cover on your pen ?
     
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  4. Hessk

    Hessk Chirping

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    There is a cover on my pen but the pen is no where near big enough for them to roam and get their proper exercise. I’ll be so heartbroken to take away their 3/4 acre. I was going to put the babies away before I started dinner, I’m so mad at myself!
     
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  5. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

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    Due to predator issues here my flock is in a 15x15 run with a heavy duty net. They are happy and healthy. They have branches to climb on, a swing, a sandbox for dust bathing and they get plenty of exercise.

    What size is the pen? Can you expand it?
     
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  6. Hessk

    Hessk Chirping

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    It’s 10x5. I only have 4 hens in there. I will be expanding if I decide to keep them in full time. I just love how happy they are out foraging and chasing bugs.
     
  7. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

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    How far do they actually go from the coop? From what I have saw they stay relatively close no matter how much land there is. Make it feel open but secure.
     
  8. Roostie

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    I'm so sorry for your loss:hugs
    I have problems with hawks too.
    Do you already have a rooster?? If not you should keep one of the little guys and raise it! Roosters tend to look for hawks and generally be more aware than hens! I loved my rooster they are very sweet if handled often when they are little
     
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  9. Henry&Friends

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    Don’t beat yourself up over it, these things happen. Think of it like this- now you know, and you can fix the problem before it gets out of hand.
     
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  10. Hessk

    Hessk Chirping

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    They take over the entire property. There are lots of shrubs and trees that they run under whenever they detect a bird. The hens have never had a problem before but the little baby was just too easy I guess.
     

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