I was looking out the window towards the chiken pen when I saw it...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by moondog425, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. moondog425

    moondog425 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    swoop down and grab one of my game hens by the tail feathers, It was a Hawk ! A little bit bigger tha half its size. And the fight was on the two rolled around just a second and my big white roo came running to them and flgged and pecked like something wild! the Hawk got loose or let go and flew away. I sat out there with my 4-10 for an hour or so wiyh no sight of the Hawk. All of my birds seem to be ok, no blood and everybody is eating and drinking. They are still in a huddle but i have seen them stay that way for hours before. Just glad I didnt lose any this time.I lost two about a six/eight weeks ago,But they were alot smaller then....[​IMG]
     
  2. can you hear me now?

    can you hear me now? Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad to hear your roo is doing his job. Sorry about the other two. That is one reason mine dont freerange. There are a lot of hawks out here and I keep mine ina covered run.
     
  3. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Too bad you didn't get it on video! I'm glad your birds are okay. The one that was caught wasn't injured at all?
     
  4. moondog425

    moondog425 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cuold'nt find anything on her, no blood just a few feathers missing but she is really skittish right now, hiding in a nesting box. I have checked all of them preety good and don't feel any thing out of the normal......Thanks for asking......
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  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Another great rooster story! I love my boys. They are the reason we've had no predator losses here yet. Hopefully, that record will be upheld for a few more years.
     
  6. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Quote:Yup. My roos got agitated the other day when a flock of geese were overhead.

    Keep that roo!
     
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You sound like me I have 2 guns in my golf cart. I don't have a roo. I will kill any predator that try's to harm my chicks. I don't relocate .
     
  8. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Careful about shooting hawks they're federally protected--you'll not only pay a hefty fine but lose that .410.
     
  9. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:[​IMG] Great Job Roo! Hope he got a treat for all his hard work!

    Very glad to hear a story involving a hawk that didn't end in tears!
     
  10. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My brother once witnessed a Game Rooster kill a Red-Tailed hawk in a similar encounter. I have seen my Buckeye Rooster run & chase off a hungry, young juvenile Cooper's Hawk that was after my Bantam hen. A brave, large rooster is worth having around. I let two out with my free ranging flock. I let the older rooster keep his long spurs as well (they look like long daggers). He is gentle around people but would protect his hens against a predator.
     

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