It seems to be raining... Birds of prey, that is!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by off-grid hen, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    *No chickens or birds of prey were harmed*

    I decided to be brave and let my 16 chickens out of the 10 x 30 run for some free range time. We have a lot of birds of prey, but I haven't seen any in a while, so I thought, no biggie. I set up a comfy chair and let the birds out. Within 10 minutes, I heard an eagle shriek. A few minutes went by, I saw a red tailed hawk in the distance. At the 20 minute mark, a barred owl swooped down to about 10 ft above my head. The chickens FRLIPPED OUT and ran under the coop's trailer, and wouldn't come out for an hour.

    I already knew we had turkey vultures, crows, a boatload of raccoons, skunks, coyotes, fishers, etc etc etc. I guess I won't be letting the girls out while I'm not standing there with a broom. There goes my plans to let them free range while I'm at work. It's a good thing my run is secure. I want to make it bigger so they have more area to roam, I feel so guilty penning them up. [​IMG]
     
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Kinda felt like the person at Marine World holding out a herring for a killer whale to come up out of the water and grab, huh!
     
  3. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    You'd feel worse if you came home and found blood feathers. [​IMG]
     
  4. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Yeah, it stinks! I lost several to hawks, and two to black vultures . I know there are owls and eagles as well around here. Free ranging is a dangerous occupation for chickens around here:-(
     
  5. The Yakima Kid

    The Yakima Kid Cirque des Poulets

    Quote:The shriek was probably the red tailed hawk. Eagles make a noise that sounds more like clucking; in fact, it is so unimpressive a sound that filmmakers use the call of the red tailed hawk whenever an eagle is supposed to be making a sound.
     
  6. The Yakima Kid

    The Yakima Kid Cirque des Poulets

    Quote:I think she was the third person that particular whale has killed; we thought it was funny in a sick sort of way when he bagged the first one in BC, given that someone had named him "Tillikum" which means "friend" in Chinook Wawa.
     
  7. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, then that only makes 2 in 20 minutes. I saw an eagle last week, though. So he/she was probably lurking in the trees, pointing and laughing. [​IMG]
     
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