Migrant Coopers Hawk Made Move on Free-range Chicks

centrarchid

Crossing the Road
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Sep 19, 2009
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About 15 minutes ago my male dog came in telling me to follow him to a problem. When I got outside I could here birds in cockyard cackling and both dogs ran into that direction. Then a male Coopers Hawk flew off one of my pens and chickens briefly made more ruckus. Hawk was trying to get at some older chicks that were quail size and smaller. Hens took those chicks into heavy weeds and appeared set for fight. Roosters that could have driven off hawk quicker where all confined. Dogs were also prepped to settle issue and followed hawk from below as it continued south. They must have run after it for some time as they where hot when they got back.
 

thomasboyle

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What type of dogs do you have? All I can think of is Lassie running up barking, and the little boy going "Lassie, there's a cooper's hawk trying to attack the chickens on the south pen?"

Its nice to have extra protectors with roosters, dogs etc, knowing we can't be everywhere all the time to try and stop predators!
 

centrarchid

Crossing the Road
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German Pointers. They are very flexible in their behaviors. Lassy thing is frequent and has precedence even in wolves. Dog / wolf engages in a very stereotypical behavior to lead packmates to something.
 

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