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How much weight can a hawk lift up?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Willow's Meadow, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could they lift up a full grown chicken? 9 lbs.?
     
  2. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes easly they can lift a small child if they try..
     
  3. gruntle

    gruntle New Egg

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    depends on the hawk.
     
  4. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought they killed thier prey on the ground and ate it there.
     
  5. seanengler

    seanengler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:From my experience, they grab and do a short flight to a safe area to eat their prey. The hawks in my area have gone after rabbits, rattlers, cats, chickens, small dogs, you name it. It's quite the sight! Amazing birds!
     
  6. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    I have a good friend that re-habs birds of prey. A hawk can not lift a 9 lb chicken. Hawks will kill and shred a chicken right there and leave the carcass. The hawks bones are like any other bird, they have hollow bones so that they can fly. They can not lift very much and fly away with it. They don't have the body mass to do it. If your chicken is gone, it's much more likely that a coyote did it or something like fox or bob cat.
     
  7. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    justbugged is right. A hawk can't lift a full grown chicken, much less small dogs or babies. According to the Cornell Department of Ornithology

    http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-tailed_Hawk/lifehistory

    The Red tailed hawk, the most common hawk in the US max weight is 45oz (less than 3lbs). The Cooper's Hawk, the most common chicken killer (hence the nickname Chicken Hawk), maxes out the scales at less than a pound. These hawks kill adult birds in place and may drag them a short distance and eat their prey starting at the neck usually. While they can pick up a chick, they absolutely can't pick up an adult chicken.
    Regardless of their ability to pick up an adult chicken, they are deadly predators.
     
  8. pokiefluffy

    pokiefluffy New Egg

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    a chicken hawk carry's the prey and then kills it
     
  9. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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  10. Medo

    Medo Out Of The Brooder

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    Im sorry, but even a very large red tailed hawk could never lift more than its own body weight, rabbit to chihuahuas sized animals, certainly not a child, they just dont have the wing span to create that kind of lift.

    An Eagle, could take a very small child, but not a hawk.
     
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2012

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