Hawks getting chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by redstar14, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. redstar14

    redstar14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it common for birds of prey to eat backyard chickens
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  3. redstar14

    redstar14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks again lol
     
  4. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    I've read quite a few threads about it so I'd go with yep :)
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] YES. A good way to prevent them is to cover your run even if only with deer fencing - raptors don't want to damage their wings, or they are out of business.
     
  6. AKchicken1

    AKchicken1 Out Of The Brooder

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    We covered all of our runs with a green nylon netting used to keep birds off of fruit trees. It has proven very durable and has kept the goshawks and great horned owls out entirely. Its a bit pricey, I think 50 bucks for a 30 x 30 square. I'll remove it before the snow flies and expect to get 3 or 4 years out of it, maybe more. It has shown no uv degradation even with our 24/7 summer sun.
     
  7. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    Yes, hawks love an easy meal!
     
  8. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  9. houseofknauss

    houseofknauss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, red tail hawks love back yard chickens (and smaller ducks) ---heard a commotion one day and hit the front door with mucks and the german shepard(didn't have time to grab the 30/06--out to the swamp area we went and saw the hawk grab the rir up into the air and she was fighting for her life--dog barking, me running to catch up to the dog--hawk dropped chicken and flew off.--found chicken bleeding from 3 gashes, scared and cowering under swamp hosta. plastered her with triple antibiotic ointment and put her in the coop.--she was out a few hours later next to the roo. she is doing fine. expect predators, do what you can, expect and prepare for the worst. good luck.
     
  10. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My daughter was outside with the girls and a small prey bird swooped down to try and get one! Today I didn't hear or see any birds so I let them out while I was working on the coop. It must have happened again. I heard and saw a flash and all the hens came screaming and yelling back to the coop. They would not stop squawking for several minutes. I guess they need to stay in the rum :(
     

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