Hawks tried to kill my chickens today!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by fancbrd4me02, May 12, 2010.

  1. fancbrd4me02

    fancbrd4me02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    So, I reasonably put the chickens away until the hawks left. I will keep them penned until the hawks move on. The hawks are not residents, it was a pair just passsing thru. Our local crows have been harassing them, so I expect them to move on in a few days after they realize there is no food and a constant source of irritation (crows).[​IMG]
     
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    That sounds like a good plan. We always have more trouble from migrating hawks than we do from the resident hawks.
     
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    A few weeks ago, I saw a group of FIVE hawks circling above my property. In the past year, I've only lost two chickens to an unknown predator, but I do suspect a hawk was the culprit. Both of the chickens were taken in the morning hours on a spring day. Soooo I usually don't let them out to free range until the afternoon, AFTER I check and make sure the skies are clear.......

    Darn Hawks!
     
  4. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens have been acting kind of weird these last few days, staying in the house more than in the yard, etc. Yesterday, my 5 yr old brought me a HAWK FEATHER she found right next to the pen. We cannot get that cover on fast enough!!!!!
     
  5. raiderbabe239

    raiderbabe239 ♥ Hatchaholic ♥

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    Good thing they didnt get any of your chickens! over the past year between me and my neighbor we have lost about 70-80 chickens to hawks [​IMG]
     
  6. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you tried bottle rockets?
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2010
  7. Gander360

    Gander360 New Egg

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    What would you do if you saw the hawk in action? Attacking your hens, would you run out waving your arms and yelling, or something more drastic?
     

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