Look what I found in the run today!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ray2310, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. ray2310

    ray2310 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2009
    Smithfield, PA
    I went out to the garden this afternoon and was really suprised to see this hawk in my chicken run. The top of the run is covered with shade cloth and bird netting. I imagine he came right thru the door.

  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I hate to say this but he is beautiful. What did you do with him? Were any of your chickens injured?
  3. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    wow, that's nuts! It is totally beautiful but dang that lil bugger could have caused a ruckus~
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    That secong picture looks so fake!! I guess it's a combination of the contrast of the bird's feathers and those HUGE EYES [​IMG] He is beautiful, what did you do with him?

    Any idea what kind it is?
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  5. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    LOL, I don't Hate to say it, he IS beautiful! I'll bet it learned a lesson! Stay OUT of chichen coops, people grab you and man-handle you!

    Were your chickens ok? Hopefully he freaked out too much to eat any of them.
  6. ray2310

    ray2310 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2009
    Smithfield, PA
    Luckily their were no chickens in the coop or run at the time. They were all being lazy in the mulch around the house. I caught him and then after a brief photo session let him fly away.

    Your right she is beautiful.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2009
  7. ray2310

    ray2310 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2009
    Smithfield, PA
    Quote:I think it might be a juvenile type of red-tail hawk

    It was so much smaller than the chickens its hard to believe it was after them. But its talons were very long and sharp.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2009
  8. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    That is a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. She is young and probably hungry and learning to hunt. Unless you have Bantam size birds, she is not a danger to your chickens. I have had one of those juveniles show up and think he can do something to my larger chickens. I have seen my Rooster chase them out of the run.
  9. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Cool story, good ending. Thanks for sharing this!
  10. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Wow, the tail is really beautiful. Im glad that your chickens werent home when the hawk came visiting. LOL

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