Look at what's watching my babies!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sjisty, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    We have had barred owls for the 2-1/2 years that we have lived here. The adults nest in a hollow tree beside our house and we have always enjoyed watching the babies grow up. They have never bothered our chickens, but this guy was sure watching my 2-week-old chicks that I had just put outside in their covered playpen.

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    I actually put a seat cushion on their playpen so they would be shielded by the owl, but they were just so spooked (and so was I) that I finally put them back inside. He's on top of the bird feeder in the second picture. He actually flew off the bird feeder and made a low circle around the playpen before flying to the garage roof - that's when the babies came back inside safe and sound!

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  2. The Coastal Chicks

    The Coastal Chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Good looking owl but that is not good... Good Job protecting mama hen![​IMG]
     
  3. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Owls sure are beautiful, but I'd be scared to let my babies out!
     
  4. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That first picture is beautiful!

    You're going to need a chicken pen with a good roof to keep that thing out.
     
  5. Chickiemama1010

    Chickiemama1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    beUTIFUL OWL THOUGH!
     
  6. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    In the 2-1/2 years we have lived here (and 3 clutches of owls), this is the first baby owl that has shown an interest in the chicks. He isn't bothering the grown chickens. Believe me, I'm not letting these babies out without a roof over their heads!
     
  7. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great pics.....beautiful bird. Good luck, keep those babies safe!
     
  8. Gold Griffin Chicken Mom

    Gold Griffin Chicken Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I purchased some bottle rockets (flying fire crackers, in case they call them something different these days) in case I need to convince the hawk family that they should take their interest elsewhere. Thus far it's been effective on the groundhog. When they work right, after the SWOOSH they sound like a gun shot. I think it's federal law that we can't shoot raptors, but I have never seen it written any place that we can't SCARE them...

    Your mileage may vary. Good luck with the feather babies!
     
  9. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    S(he)...the owl that is..... shouldn't be too much of a problem by day as they are nocturnal. It seems that your owl and one we have locally haven't heard that they really should not fly by day .We have an owl that lives in a nearby tree which hoots by day......I think he is trying to be heard above the crowing.

    Sandie
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2010
  10. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Quote:You cannot Kill, Harrass, Harm or otherwise cause injury....bottle rockets etc is effective but harrassing


    OP: Beautiful owl but a bit too curious...great job protecting them.
     

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