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OH MY GOD! A hawk just tried to get my chicken right in front of me!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Shikens!, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Shikens!

    Shikens! Chirping

    May 2, 2011
    I am shaking from head to toe because of what just happened! A hawk went after my chicken while I was about 6 feet way!!! Here is what happened-

    I was outside with my six 16 week old chickens. I had let them out to play for a while while I walked around with them carrying my hawk stick. They were a good distance from the coop and I was standing about 5-6 feet away from them like I always am. I was watching them play when I thought to myself, "wow it sure is quiet". I started to look around and couldn't spot one bird or squirrel that are normally ALL OVER my yard. I couldn't hear any birds either.

    As soon as I had that thought a shadow went over us. All the chickens popped up their heads and within a split second the alarm was sounded and they took off towards the barn. Before I even knew what was happening 5 of them were inside the barn but little Feetsie the second smallest chicken was running about 10 feet behind everyone. The shadow went over again and it hit me! HAWK!!!

    So, I took off running towards the barn screaming out the alarm call I have done since they were 3 days old any time I see a big bird fly over head. (the noise you do with your tongue to make a drum roll)They all saw me coming and heard the alarm I made and they took off running out of the safety of the barn and towards ME! The 5 chicks got to me in a matter of seconds and smashed themselves underneath my flowy floor length skirt and FROZE.

    Little Feetsie still hadn't made it to the barn at this point and all the chickens changing direction and running out of the barn all of a sudden confused her so she panicked. I looked over at her running towards me about 10 feet away and THERE IT WAS. Right behind Feetsie, about 6 feet off the ground was a swooping HAWK with its feet outstretched gaining on her FAST!!!

    The split second I saw that hawk, it saw ME and it flipped out! It nearly fell straight out of the air and started flapping its wings like crazy tumbling through the air trying to change direction. It came about 5 feet away from flying right smack into me! The hawk eventually got it together and flapped itself up to a tree directly above the chicken coop.

    Feetsie had finally gotten to me and had flattened herself out like a pancake at the edge of my skirt. I was basically just seeing red a this point and screamed a few obscenities at the hawk and threw my hawk stick and it flew into the neighbors yard.

    Then I herded the chickens with zero effort into their run and sat in my chair. 5 of the chickens instantly hopped in my lap in a pile, wedging their heads under my arms and clothes as well as under each other doing the most pathetic "crying" type noise. Little Feetsie was so freaked out she ran up the ramp and straight into the hen house.

    The hawk seemed pretty small to be going after chickens. Maybe about 18"-20" from it's head to the tip of its tail. It was mostly brown with a whitish cream chest, I think. I was flipping out rather majorly and I forgot to get a good look at it. It did have a rather long looking tail too.

    This is the 4th time I have seen this type of hawk up close and personal in my yard. Normally they sit right above my coop in a tree and squawk over and over. I have seen it perched on my freakin CHAIR also. But I don't always see them, I hear them just about every single day.

    I always stay right close by my chickens and I carry a long lead pipe I call my "hawk stick" because of the freakin hawks but I honestly don't think it would do any good after seeing how FAST and the force behind a swooping hawk. I panicked so badly and I was so scared I really don't think I could have reacted in a way that could have helped my chickens had the hawk gotten any of them. It was fine one second, then BAM hawk is RIGHT THERE the next second!

    I think this is one of it's feathers- [​IMG]

    I guess my chickens aren't safe unless they are locked in my run, regardless of whether I am standing RIGHT THERE or not!

  2. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Songster

    Aug 19, 2011
    Amery, WI WI/MN border
    So glad they are all safe! This is one of my biggest fears as well. I just bought some inexpensive bird netting at Lowes last night to fasten in my barn from my fencing to the edge of the coop/barn so they can't get out and Hawks/eagles cant get to them. Going to try and get it up this weekend
  3. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Songster

    Jun 19, 2011
    oh my dh just wishes the hawks around here would perch in sight of the house. and yes he knows he it is illegal to shoot them. SSS
  4. moetrout

    moetrout Songster

    May 5, 2010
    Milan, MI
    Sounds like the same kind of hawk that went after mine last night. It was a coopers hawk and I will post pics of it later when I get home from work. I hope that after the attempt last night all of my hens and rooster will be a little more educated on the danger it presented. I'll take coons and grinners over a hawk any day. At least I can legally kill those varmints!
  5. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    Coopers hwk and I've had perigene falcons fly over and caw at my GIANT pekin ducks.
  6. mamachicken888

    mamachicken888 Songster

    Sep 23, 2011
    East Oklahoma
    Hey, we had nearly the same experience a few days ago - but there were at least six of those big buggers circling overhead. I know exactly how you felt! Loved your story... are you a writer? You have a knack for developing the details for sure. [​IMG]

  7. Shikens!

    Shikens! Chirping

    May 2, 2011
    I think that's the right type of hawk! Little murderers!!! I wish there was a way to keep these things off my land!!!

    Thanks mamachicken! No I'm not a writer, just a blabbermouth. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2011
  8. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Songster

    Oct 28, 2010
    Petaluma CA
    That's exactly what I'm afraid of. We have redtail hawks here. Pretty big if I say so myself. There are 2 of them. They seem to come around every couple of days when the crows move to another area. When the crows are here hawks are out of site. I know a lot of people can't stand crows but I'm very thankful they are here and I will leave out food for them so they will stay around. I couldn't handle losing one of my girls. Especially in such a horrible way, being eaten. OMG!!! Thank goodness you were out with them and intervened. Good luck in the future.
  9. AuberyMirkwood

    AuberyMirkwood Songster

    Jul 24, 2011
    Clovis NM
    I've had a Cooper's hawk take out a full grown TURKEY. I've heard that putting bright strings and flashing cd's over the area the chickens will keep hawks away. I personally just baby sit my babies. The pigeons explode into the air when the hawks come by so I'm always aware of when a hawk is around. I just make sure the hawk knows I'm not a scarecrow and they move on.

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