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If a hawk was raised with a chicken...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ChickenLayD, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. ChickenLayD

    ChickenLayD Out Of The Brooder

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    If hawks were raised with chickens, would they get along? Or would the hunting instinct take the hawk over?
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting thought. If the hawks were newly hatched and the eyes still closed and then raised with chickens, I think it would imprint on the chickens and not view them as food. Have you ever asked this question online? I will now; inquiring mind want to know.

    So I typed in the question and...your post came up.
     
  3. ChickenLayD

    ChickenLayD Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I was thinking as well but couldn't find an answer. Too funny [​IMG]
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    On the MN prairie.
    My opinion is, if a hawk was raised with a chicken, instinct would eventually kick in, it would realize it was a hawk and eat the chicken.
     
  5. Horseman1074

    Horseman1074 Out Of The Brooder

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    Since hawks will eat each other if they get hungry, it wouldn't matter if it was raised with chickens or not.
     
  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    x2 (I wouldn't want to experiment with it just to find out.)

    I think instinct would win out.
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens


    That's what I was thinking.
     
  8. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If memory serves me correctly Timmy tried that on "Lassie" once and grandpa's best layer got nailed. [​IMG]
     
  9. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    No wonder Timmy was always in trouble. Good thing Lassie was there to bail him out every time!
     
  10. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    'The Hawk" January 29th, 1956. I remember it like yesterday. I was two years old-HA
     

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