Lost a Hen Today

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by imnukensc, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. imnukensc

    imnukensc Songster

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    Lost a hen today about 3:00 PM to a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. It's the price we as owners, and the chickens, pay for free ranging. By the time I was able to get to site of the attack (about 80 yards) and scare the hawk away, she was already dead, but I didn't see the beginning of it. I didn't do a thorough examination, but she didn't even look like she'd been harmed. A few feathers on the ground, but no obvious wounds. The hawk was nowhere near large enough to even lift the bird (full grown BR) off the ground.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Making Coffee

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    Sorry. :( I lost my favorite polish hen to a hawk last week too. I think mine was a young red tail hawk.
     
  3. Big Red Roosters

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    I had a close call, the hawk was a young feruginous hawk and as it swooped in for the kill, it hit a pole and broke it's own neck.

    It could have been shock that killed her, but maybe her neck was broke from impact? Hawk attacks are normally bloody. So sorry for both your losses.
     
  4. sassysarah123

    sassysarah123 Free Ranging

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    I'm so sorry!:hugs I recently lost a chicken to a hawk also.
    When the hawk got my bird it just took the head and neck. I don't think they take the full body.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Making Coffee

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    Mine just ate her throat and chest right on the ground. It actually came back after killing it to eat. My husband left the hen until he could show me so I knew which one it was.
     
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  6. sassysarah123

    sassysarah123 Free Ranging

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    Mine might of too. I'm not sure what happened. When we went into the pen the whole head and neck was completely gone. I looked out the window and I saw my dog chasing a hawk out of our run. We went to look and the neck was gone. It was so sad!
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Making Coffee

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    This is only the second time in 20 years I've had a problem hawk. Hopefully mine has moved on. I'm glad winter is coming because my birds will stay in the shed more and be safer. Sorry about your hen. I think we always feel a bit responsible when a predator gets one.
     
  8. MissChick@dee

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    Sorry for your loss. I hate hawks. Was her neck broken? Hawks can land/strike with great force.
    Juveniles are crappy hunters. They don’t try to fly off with them they’ll just get them on the ground. Mature experienced hunters will go for a “wise” hunt. Smaller birds that they can haul up to a tree to pluck.
    Ever seen a hawk eat a bird?
    They rip the head off then the feathers then the wings.
    They usually eat the bird semi-whole.
    Juveniles seem to practice on chickens. I hate hawks!
     
  9. Chick Chick McGee

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    So sorry to hear that :hugs. I have yet to have a problem with a hawk but I have lost some to eagles.
     
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  10. sassysarah123

    sassysarah123 Free Ranging

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    This was our first hawk attack. The hawks have never bothered our chickens before.
    It was actually a young cockerel the hawk got. He was so handsome!
    Mine have been staying in the barns a lot more since the colder weather is starting to kick in here.
     

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