Hen vs Hawk

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Weehopper, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday, I heard my hens raising a ruckus. Called the dog and ran for the door. Burst through the door just in time to see a smallish hawk make a dive at my mama hen. Sis (the hen) spread her wings and flew up trying to hit the hawk. Not unusual behavior for a game hen. She has six chicks to defend. Of course, when my dog and I came through the door it was enough to make the hawk veer off and head for the trees. I sent the dog out to make her presence known, in case the hawk had thoughts of coming back.
    Then I had a thought. Where was the BCM rooster, Mr Big? Why was he not here defending his hen? I start calling the birds to take a head count. And who comes out from under the barn with the other hens? Mr Big, of course. I wondered, why was it that I wanted a rooster? Hmmm...
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Game hens are among the most protective mothers. Game roosters are also more protective than most other roosters.
     
  3. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know, but I gave my gamecock away due to the stitches in my leg [​IMG]. Never had any other kind of rooster until now, so it never dawned on me that a different breed wouldn't be as, umm, game. Good thing the hen is game or her chicks would have been hawk bait.
     
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    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Odd that a gamecock would be human aggressive. It is a trait that has been stringently selected against - for self evident reasons.
     
  5. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Were the chicks she was protecting hers? Or was she a surrogate? If the former that could be one reason...
     
  6. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had let her hatch one egg from each of my hens, including herself. The father is my BCM rooster.
     
  7. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Normally he was not aggressive at all. But it was spring and he was perky. I had already sawed his spurs off once, but had just noticed he had sharpened them back up. Anyway, he started hitting me at feeding time. I don't know if he thought I was too slow or what. Also, he was old. After about a week of dodging him, he ambushed me from behind and flogged my legs. He sliced open my ankle, and I thought he had hit a vein. I couldn't make it stop bleeding so I went to an urgent care place nearby, and they stitched it up. I gave him to my sister in law..she has a, sort of, home for old gamecocks. Takes real good care of them. She was happy to have him.
     

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