Hawks getting my chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Top Rooster, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was on vacation for a little over a week and my sister was watching the animals when we came back we relised that 2 of our almost full grown chicks were gone we searched for them and later we found poop in a corner were they may have escaped and taken shelter for the night. We never did end up finding them but again later that day we relised we were missing another chicken we found her fethers everywhere we thought it was a hawk because there was no fur in the fence like an animal may have squeezed in and the fact that it's protective for ground predators. The next day we let the chickens out and I went back inside for a little bit. I came back outside to check on them and there was more feathers where the last chicken was killed except different colors of feathers and there was another missing chicken [​IMG]
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Keep your birds locked in their safe coop and run until this situation is resolved! You will loose all of them! Mary
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    This. Unless, of course they are being killed in the run. In that case, you need to secure it. Can you cover it? I use welded wire, many others use bird netting - depending on the size of the area you're protecting.
     
  4. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I'm waiting to trap it in a net tomorrow
     
  5. Kyanite

    Kyanite Loving Life! Premium Member

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    I wouldn't advise trapping the hawk. It could get you in trouble with the law. Birds of prey are protected. Your best best is to secure your chickens so that the hawk can't get to them. It will move on once it can't hunt them so easily.
     
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  6. Eggsoteric

    Eggsoteric Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is your run covered? If not, then I'd suspect a ground predator, such as a fox or coyote-both are master climbers and this is the time of year where fox are hunting for and feeding their pups so not at all unusual to see them out and about during daylight hours. You mentioned your hens were almost full grown. Most hawks are unable to carry a full-size chicken away. They will strike eat larger prey, such as chicken, on the ground.

    As Kyanite mentioned, raptors are a protected species and it would not be advisable to trap one.
     
  7. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the state I live in it is very legal to kill birds of prey if they attack fowl or kill them or other animals and I know it's a hawk because I hear it make noises in the woods right next my house and I see it circling the run some times only part of it is covered the rest is covered by large trees
     
  8. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most other predators, yes. Birds of prey, no. They are protected by FEDERAL LAW. Your state has nothing to do with it. Permits are granted in special situations, but they must truly be special situations. You will not get a permit to trap or kill birds of prey just because they are killing your birds in an open pen. Wildlife agents will tell you to cover your pen.
     
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  9. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's a good thing i don't have to worry about flying predators here in the city

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  10. Kyanite

    Kyanite Loving Life! Premium Member

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    I guess you must not live in the US then. I'm on mobile and can't see location (if you have it listed).
     

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