I just watched a Blue Jay fly away with 1 of my chicks(update w/pic)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mycutekitties, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. mycutekitties

    mycutekitties Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2009
    Modesto, California
    Last Tuesday a 2 day old chick went missing and I had no idea what happened. Then yesterday I watched a small bird the size of a Blue Jay swoop down and grab a baby chick right next to it's momma! It flew away into the orchard. I went to look for it but it was gone. SO SO SO sad. [​IMG]
    I am going to have to start locking the babies and mommies in the coup and not let them out in the day. They love walking around in the yard so they will not be happy with the change. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2010
  2. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    Wow .. that's vicious!
     
  3. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
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    wow. didnt know small birds would do that. sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
  4. ellieroo

    ellieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could have been a merlin? We have magpies here that are real nest robbers and will take chicks if they can! [​IMG]
     
  5. Kajunbanty

    Kajunbanty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most likely a small hawk, a Sharp- Shinned Hawk is about the same size as a Blue Jay. I think I would keep the others in a covered area where the hawks can't get to them.
     
  6. mycutekitties

    mycutekitties Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2009
    Modesto, California
    Yep, all the babies are in an enclosed area now with their mommies. So sad to watch that. [​IMG]
     
  7. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:You say that it was a small bird the size of a blue jay and that you just watched a blue jay fly away... Was it a blue jay or not? If not, it might have been a sparrow hawk.

    ETA Hmmm, blue jay ain't no compound word.
     
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  8. mycutekitties

    mycutekitties Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2009
    Modesto, California
    Quote:No, it didn't look like a Merlin. It was small and blue.
     
  9. mycutekitties

    mycutekitties Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2009
    Modesto, California
    Quote:You say that it was a small bird the size of a bluejay and that you just watched a bluejay fly away... Was it a bluejay or not? If not, it might have been a sparrow hawk.

    didn't look like a sparrow hawk.
     
  10. Tigerjane

    Tigerjane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whoa, this story made me raise an eyebrow and gasp! Definitely not something I would think to worry about. At least you discovered what was going on before any more got taken - how horrible!
     

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