Nugget and Pudster VS Hawk

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by WriterofWords, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    I had a very rude awakening this morning, the hens were going nuts and the roosters were all crowing and sounding the alarm. I jumped up and was grabbing clothes, I was in my robe still. About the time I left my bedroom I heard a cat scream outside and the birds really went nuts. The ducks were quacking and under bushes when I ran out and in the middle of the yard was Nugget, Pudster, and a huge Red-Tailed Hawk. Nugget was flogging, Pudster was wrestling and screaming, the Hawk was fighting for it's life, Blue the head Roo was on the porch screaming with the hens!

    When I came out the door yelling it startled the whole bunch and the hawk was able to fly away. Nugget lost some feathers but is ok, Pudster has stitches where the hawk tried to evicerate him. He only has 5 stitches but he has a punture that worries me more since that can't be closed up. Puddy is taking it well but he is in a kennel outside because he can't handle being in the house, he'd have to be drugged most of the time. The vet says he'll be ok though.

    First hawk trouble I've had, and now I think I know where all the dead doves have been coming from. I couldn't figure out what was happening, they are just laying dead in the yard everywhere. Hopefully he will choose other hunting grounds now.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Best of luck. LOL at the head roo sreaming with the hens. My head roo did that when a hen with a week old chick did a beat down on a hawk trying to eat her baby. Hope you don't have any further problems with them, I haven't had a hawk issue since the hen did her broody beat down a few years back!
     
  3. Mesa

    Mesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my goodness! I'm glad all your birds are ok. I'm hoping to get me a Roo once the weather warms up a bit. Lastnight it was 3 degrees here...

    LOL So much for the big tough head Roo!
     
  4. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    What part of NM are you in? It was 27 here and we had our first dusting of snow.
     
  5. alagary

    alagary Out Of The Brooder

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    I heard a ruckus outside yesterday . I got out just in time to see a hawk fly off . I got worried because I couldn't see any chickens . They were all 60 under one little bush
     
  6. davidb

    davidb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow close call glad it turned out good though
     
  7. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    I've never seen so many hide under bush myself! I had 12 adult ducks under a bush a banty couldn't hide under!
     
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    First, I'm glad Nugget lost only a few feathers and that Puddy will heal, (just let the hole stay open so it can drain if needed).

    Second, you weren't wearing a new set of bunny slippers, were you? That could be dangerous around a hawk!
     
  9. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    The bunny's retired after the Pyr debacle...... lol! I haven't seen a sign of the hawk again though, but I'm not holding my breath. He's been after the dove and quail in my area I'm sure. We have a ton of Gambel quail this year, fat suckers too.
     
  10. Jena

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    lol...that boy is there again.

    So glad they will all be fine in the end.

    You did it again.

    Jena.
     

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