Legal Elimination of Hawks and Owls

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MayberrySaint, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. Lettledarlin

    Lettledarlin New Egg

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    I agree! I just had a hawk after my chickens for the second time, today. He had one hen down but took off when I started yelling and running towards him. There will not be a 3rd time. Once more and he is gone bye bye...
     
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    You will be the one going bye-bye, as in behind bars. You will also charged a modest fee. If you cannot keep losses down to acceptable level in a free-range setting, then confine the flock.
     
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  3. jnr005

    jnr005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So today I came home and went to visit the chickens. Was doing my thing and cleaning the pen when I heard rustling in the yard by the fence. Thought it was a large groundhog but went to check it out. Turns out it was a huge hawk. I ran at it to scare it and it wouldnt move. Realized at this time one of my roosters was torn to shreds in the yard. Also realized he must have gave it all it was worth bc that hawk couldn't fly, it was injured. Needless to say, the hawk didn't get vet care, more like end of life care. First hawk we have had since we got them this last spring.
     
  4. lgyure85

    lgyure85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Many birds of prey are migratory birds, protected by the LACEY Act, and the MBTA. Migratory bird treaty is a North American treaty, and not just a law in the US.
     
  5. lgyure85

    lgyure85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll be sending this post to Fish and Wildlife, fyi.
     
  6. lgyure85

    lgyure85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unreal? Seriously? You fill your yard with unprotected prey animals. Keep them covered and penned, or don't keep chickens at all, but to be mad that you have to "deal" with native animals is ridiculous. Have you ever seen and bird whose legs were chewed off by a rat, because there were no raptors? I have.

    We are animals just like the rest, and need to quit thinking that we can mold every little part of our environment to eliminate any discomfort or inconvenience.
     
  7. lgyure85

    lgyure85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Farmer Connie

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  9. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    To qualify for a permit to take a chicken killing hawk you must first prove that you have done everything in your power to protect your flock like confine them, and that you have or are now suffering crippling economic loses that are hawk, owl, or eagle related.
     
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  10. john sring

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    Bottom line.....we need to get legislation in to 1- allow protection to pets and live stock to include killing and trapping on ones own property. 2- In Europe, they have hunting seasons cause folks eat them. So having a legal season works as well to make them skittish. Barred Owl took my Cochin mix rooster and only ate the head and neck 'cause Interupted it responding to the screams . Coopers hawk killed a pigeon IN a cage even though it wouldnt be able to get it through to eat. Had leg full length into the cage and only let go when I ran at it. pigeon still died. Prob. same bird or mate, took a pigeon in front of wife one morning, and let it go only when she threw a flip flop at it! The pigeon flew INTO the kitchen as I came out of the door to see what the commotion was about. I have pic of barred owl sitting on a cage on my deck, trying to get to pigeons in a cage as well. Standing in the yard a few months ago the coopers showed up in a tree over the coop with me standing there. Had 5- count them - 5 fledglings with them !!!! Showing them where the grocery store is, I figger ! So they are tuff, tenacious, hungry, fearless critters and they are - NOT - endangered. Anyone know how to get an amendment to current law?
     
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