Hawk

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kathef64, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. kathef64

    kathef64 Out Of The Brooder

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    Came home around 12 today - first walked over to coop to let chickens out to run - hawk flew low overhead and I though how cool!

    Then I noticed dead chicken in coop...so sad and I figured it was that hawk who is now flying over the yard - chickens safe under a trailer...

    I threw the dead bird in my deadwood pile...should I take it out in the field or??

    I want hawk to go away -
     
  2. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would dispose of the chicken. If you throw it out in the field you will be feeding and encouraging that hawk! Your coop isn't covered? Or did you mean this was in their run?
     
  3. kathef64

    kathef64 Out Of The Brooder

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    It was in the run which is protected 1/2 if that makes sense...most of the time chickens are out in yard but kept them in while I was gone a short while. I actually found chicken behind coop by fence.
     
  4. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Bummer! Okay, well you will have to string some wire across your open part now and hang a few CD's or sparkly streamers from it. Hawks need a clear area to fly through to get to them. Since this happened, and the hawk knows where the free meal is you will want to keep them in the run (with the protection strung across) for 3-4 days until the hawk moves on.
     
  5. kathef64

    kathef64 Out Of The Brooder

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    Lots of wire or just to criss cross?
     
  6. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just criss cross, so it doesn't have a clear flight path. But the CD's are there so it can SEE there isn't a clear flight path.
     
  7. kathef64

    kathef64 Out Of The Brooder

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    ok thanks
     
  8. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    You're welcome! Good luck. And sorry about your chicken! [​IMG]
     
  9. bluema

    bluema Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Might've been a Cooper's hawk. They're rather small but very agile and opportunistic, and will get into a chicken coop even if there's just a small opening. One once hurt my Silkie, but the hawk was too small to carry her off. I thought my Silkie was dead lying motionless with open neck wounds and she was in shock, but I stitched her up and she made a amazing full recovery. Gotta watch out for those hawks...
     
  10. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I have had the same thing happen. Hawks are amazingly ineffective at killing chickens. 9 times out of 10 the hawk pins the chicken with its talons and begins feeding while the chicken is still living. This is why the head is the first part consumed, it is easly controlled by gripping the chicken's neck.
     

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