How do they know?

CarolynPerth

In the Brooder
10 Years
Nov 14, 2009
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We have a lot of birds visit our yard that are the same size and roughly same shape as a hawk, eg cockatoos, ravens and corellas. But when a hawk shows up and perches nearby my girls go nuts until I go scare it off. It must be instinct becuase a bird of prey is a threat to chicks but how do they know? Anyone have a good explanation or link to an article? In the same vein, from day one they are fine with the dog but the cats spook them more.
 

lcw

Songster
10 Years
Jan 6, 2010
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its just there instinct i guess.mine do that too but instead of complain until i come scare it off they go running and my peacock scares him off.
 
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teach1rusl

Love My Chickens
10 Years
Jul 28, 2009
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Floyds Knobs, Indiana
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LOL...I've kind of wondered the same thing. They pay no attention to Can. geese flying overhead, but they sure do a hawk (never had any land near us). They seemed fascinated yesterday, watching a heron swoop down by the lake and then back up and over...lol. But they didn't run.
 

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