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Hawks

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Cindy07, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. Cindy07

    Cindy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is why I don't let any of my poultry loose to free range. I have so many hawks. All of my pens have roofs or game bird netting over them. So far I haven't lost any birds to hawks.

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    A young red shoulder hawk looking in at my pheasant pen.

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    Two young red shoulder hawks above my pheasant pen.

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    Two young coopers hawks sitting on my pheasant pen roof

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    Young coopers hawk trying to get in my pigeon pen.
     
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Part of method I employ involves chickens like these and cover the birds can retreat to when threatened. Hawks seem hardwired to target smaller birds in flock. The guardian then launches counter attack from cover and when raptor is on ground, especially when grappling a chicken it is very much open to attack and significant damage.

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    Red-shouldered hawks do nothing to my chickens and even sun themselves within very close proximity to chickens on the ground. Red-tailed hawks are not so tolerated. Coopers, even though visiting daily in pursuit of songbirds do not target my chickens. Adult roosters do not even seek cover when they challenge visiting Coopers Hawks.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2016
  3. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You must live right in a flyway. Raptor heaven. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing them.
     
  4. Cindy07

    Cindy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I do. Plus I get them nesting not far from my house.
     

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