It was big, black and flying!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Bec, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I was dead asleep and heard the girls outside my window having a fit! So I got up and looked. Aubry (my male Pekin) and one of the girls were running from something that was chasing them, but it was flying. At the same time it was dark so I couldn't see exactly what is was and I was still mostly asleep squinting my eyes! I threw on my robe and ran to the back door and flipped on the back lights. There was nothing, what ever it was had left already so I went out in the cold, wet grass (IN BARE FEET)and found my other girl hiding in the corner of the yard. Everyone was fine.

    So I finally get back in, dry off my feet get in bed and the alarm goes off! Figures! [​IMG]
     
  2. My guess would be an Owl.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Scary!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Yeah, they won't be sleeping by the light of the moon anymore, they will be locked in. I lost 2 this week, I am NOT losing anymore!

    I understand that whatever it is has to eat ,but it can go eat somewhere else!


    This has been the worst year for predators around here!
     
  5. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    First thought that came to my mind was an owl...
     
  6. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I was thinking that too. Through process of elimination, I narrowed it down to flying night time hunters.
     
  7. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Owl, no question.
     
  8. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    As much as I would LOVE to see an owl , I do wish he/she would go somewhere else to dine!
     
  9. JestersEye

    JestersEye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a HUGE problem with owls while I was growing up. Some of our chickens used to sleep on tree branches inside the open-top pen. (Probably because we had so many that they had segregated themselves into separate flocks, and only the "first" flock was allowed to sleep in the coop.)

    Eventually, a very large owl started picking them off at night, so my dad built a "hunter's blind" out of tree branches, where he hid with his shotgun until he caught it in the act! That was my dad's solution, although I think he went about it the hard way, if you ask me. I just built a large enough coop to accomodate many birds, and put a top on the pen. [​IMG]
     
  10. karen71

    karen71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey Bec
    Glad it didn't get anyone [​IMG]

    It has been a real bad year for predators - I am down to 2 BH
    I also like Owls but not when they are going after my pets.

    Hope you can get everyone inside at night -
     

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