hawks as threats?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lowry075, May 21, 2011.

  1. lowry075

    lowry075 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2011
    Southern California
    Hi, I have a BO and a Wyandotte. Are they in danger from hawks? I want to expand my run and am trying to factor in all possible predators. I saw a hawk sitting on our fence once, but the girls are so large, I don't know if red tailed hawks would hurt them.
  2. axion_lotus

    axion_lotus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    Central NC
    Hawks will attack any size chicken. Even chickens that weigh 8-10 pounds are not safe. What the hawk can't carry off it'll pounce on and tear to pieces faster than you can stop them. It happened to my speckled Sussex two days ago. Stupid hawk couldn't run off with her, so he just jumped on her and ripped her to shreds and left her there to bleed to death. And I couldn't get there in time to stop it.

    Protect your birds as best you can; hawks are cruel, calculating opportunists always on the lookout for an easy meal. Don't underestimate them.
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Hawks are pretty bad predators, no matter what the size. What they can't carry away they will eat on the ground. I have gone to covered runs with very little free range time due to hawks and foxes in the area. [​IMG]
  4. lowry075

    lowry075 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2011
    Southern California
    Thanks for the quick feedback. Axion_lotus- I am so sorry about your poor Sussex.
  5. smittyts

    smittyts New Egg

    May 23, 2011
    I lost two chickens last week. I didn't witness it, but I am pretty sure it was a hawk. We have seen one the last couple of days circling low close to our backyard. The two that vanished were a golden laced wyandotte and one of the chicks she was brooding. She left 6 chicks without a mom. Sad. This being said, I dont' know if I agree htat hawks are cruel predators. They are just doing what is genetically wired in them. Not trying to pick a fight axion_lotus. Just my opinion. My question is, how can you protect chickens from hawks short of keeping them "cooped up all day"?
  6. Chick15

    Chick15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2011
    Quote:Awwwww..../ thats horrible!!! [​IMG]
  7. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If a bald eagle can take down a blacktail deer (seen it!) and a raven can kill a goose (just this spring) then a red tail can get a chicken. Look into deer fence or some call it fruit tree netting to cover your run or you might get away with a brush pile or low sun shade for cover

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