Hawks....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chickengirl47, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Chickengirl47

    Chickengirl47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would a hawk kill a full grown chicken?[​IMG]
     
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes. Even the individuals of largest breeds can be taken out. In order to do so the hawk has to be able to latch on with feet and control chicken on ground. If it cannot or looses latch, then chicken can get away and sometimes even fight back.
     
  3. FarmingForFun

    FarmingForFun Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes I had one kill a turkey!
     
  4. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    They go after my chickens. I just found out I have TWO hawks hanging around my yard. I thought it was one hawk per so many miles.

    I let the chickens out yesteray and right off the bat the roo starts screaming.Sure enough a hawk is in the tree watching him.My roo has excellent vision!

    Girls stayed in the coop. I put him back in too.Didn't want anyone killed on my dd's bday! The hawks are so annoying.I mean I would have a peaceful chicken yard if it were not for them darn hawks.
     
  5. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These hawks are strange creatures. I've have 3 or 4 flying around the last week and screaming like crazy. They're into their mating season. But with as many crows pestering them for the life of me I don't see how they can ever get together. They don't seem to have given my chickens a second look. Even the 8 week old chicks are unfazed. But if I'm outside and they feel threatened they run to me.I guess I'm the big brother now. [​IMG]
     
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  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    This time of year they are setting up territories and fighting amoung themselves. Those soaring I do not consider a threat since they are displaying to other hawks or riding thermals for migration. Generally when hunting they start attack run from a perch; even Coopers hawks do that,
     
  7. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Some hawks will, most hawks won't. Most types of hawks are too small to take on a large chicken.

    If you have problem hawks, keep your birds in a covered run. Problem solved.
     
  8. Kiki A

    Kiki A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YES! I had at lest 43 hawks above my girls last Sunday.:(
     
  9. angidee

    angidee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes! I am batteling that right now!
    We have a hawk that is about the size of a large robbin taking down our full grown, standard sized hens. I believe it is a Cooper's Hawk. All they need to do is get the chicken and hang onto their neck until they squeeze it dead. The hawk's small size is irrelivant. They even are dive bombing us!!!
     
  10. FarmingForFun

    FarmingForFun Out Of The Brooder

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    You cannot kill hawks, but it docent mean you can't scare them off with a shotgun[​IMG]!
     
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