1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

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

    38
    3
    31
    Mar 9, 2016
    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

    4,385
    363
    218
    Apr 22, 2015
    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

    38
    3
    31
    Mar 9, 2016
    That's what I was thinking as well but couldn't find an answer. Too funny [​IMG]
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Overrun With Chickens

    7,769
    1,309
    388
    Mar 15, 2010
    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

    22
    2
    24
    Feb 27, 2016
    Eastern Arizona
    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

    32,645
    6,804
    568
    Dec 12, 2013
    Fore!
    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

    2,042
    57
    221
    Jul 30, 2008
    Missouri
    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

    32,645
    6,804
    568
    Dec 12, 2013
    Fore!
    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

    4,385
    363
    218
    Apr 22, 2015
    'The Hawk" January 29th, 1956. I remember it like yesterday. I was two years old-HA
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by