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Our very first hawk.....didn't last too long~

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 4H kids and mom, May 18, 2007.

  1. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

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    Well, we had gone away with the pen (as it just seemed too small for the 30 pullets we'll have out there in another week or so) and have been letting everyone (goats included) just roam our 3/4 acre yard. All was going swimmingly until yesterday.

    I had gone inside to check on my "nappers" (for those who don't know, I run a small day care here and spend 'naptime' outside with the chicks and goats with the baby monitor on my hip!) and right as I got in the door, I heard it. The screech that stopped me DEAD in my tracks. A hawk.

    I turned in time to see a HUGE red tail hawk swooping down at my 11 weekers. ChickenDuck was doing his best to defend off the would be assailin, as I ran back out the door hoping my presence would deture the creature. No such luck. It screamed again and swooped towards ChickenDuck. NOOOOOOO! I heard myself scream.

    Out of nowhere comes my cat, Ruthie, who has been trying the "outdoor" thing for a week now and generally spending most of the day outside. She normally stays well away from the chickens because the goats scare her! Anyhow...she comes racing out from under the house and kinda does this almost slow-motion looking jump/kick thing at the hawk, who then turns his attention from ChickenDuck to her. This is one HUGE hawk, by the way, it easily dwarfs my 12 pound cat. I run back in to get a broom. :mad:

    I come back out as ChickenDuck ushers the rest of his ladies into the coop and stands guard at the door, making this really weird sound. Ruthie and Hawk are still fighthing it out. Ruthie has all of her claws, but the hawk has talons. I hear my cat growling and the hawk screaching as I run to her aide (with my trusty broom.... [​IMG] ) but as I get to her, all I can see is a cloud of dust an feathers flying. I swing the broom anyway (well above where I'd guessed my cat was) but it didnt find its target.

    As the dust settled, I saw my cat (though limping a little) surrounded by a mound of fluff and feathers, that I am guessing WAS the hawk. My CAT killed a hawk? Wow...

    Anywho, Ruthie spent the rest of the day very near the coop door. Once all had settled, ChickenDuck came out cautiously to survey the yard and after some time, he called everyone else out. Most of them had their eyes fixed on the sky for the rest of the day. Ruthie stayed at the coop door the whole time.

    I called her in at dusk, but the chickens were still out so she stayed put. Once they'd all gone into the coop and I locked them up for the night, she followed me inside. Her left front leg looks a bit swollen, but there are no obvious wounds. Its not broken, because she will put weight on it and use it. I think she just banged it in the scuffle.

    Well, I went out this morning to let the chickens out, and Ruthie was by my side. As soon as I opened the coop door, she laid near it and is still there now. I am glad its over and that shes ok, and I feel safer having her stand guard. I cant trust my dog with the chickens because he's a lab and thinks everything that runs is a play thing. [​IMG] So, I guess I'll have to settle for a Guard CAT??!?
     
  2. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! What a great cat! I'm glad she saved ChickenDuck from the hawk. The whole forum would have had a good cry over that! [​IMG]
     
  3. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Oh MY!!!! You had me so scared!! I was hoping and praying that I wouldnt hear That Chickenduck had passed! Phewww.....What a geat Guard Kitty!! Sounds like one special kitty needs to get a very special treat! I am thinking maybe some fresh Salmon?[​IMG]
     
  4. MarkR

    MarkR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have one amazing cat! I hope you gave a nice bowl of milk or something good.

    Mark
     
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Wow, I couldn't read that post fast enough! I was sooo worried you was going to say chickenduck was gone. [​IMG] YEAH to the kitty!! [​IMG] What a great guard cat she is! [​IMG] So glad all the chickens are ok. But, please keep us updated on kitty...hopefully just a sprang... [​IMG] and she will be ok in a day or so.
     
  6. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    Wow!! What a cat!! I would definately be going over her real good. hopefully it is just a sprain. but I would check her for puncture wounds anyway. Just to be sure.
     
  7. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Wow, Wow how scary, exciting and spell binding!! [​IMG] Yea! for Ruthie [​IMG] I am so proud of her! Here I am looking for a good dog to protect my chickens and here is a real life hero cat!! [​IMG]
     
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Holy Sheepdip Batman!!!
    What a brave kitty you've got there...sounds like there should be some salmon in there for her.
    Glad that ChickenDuck got all the girls in the coop with the diversion..
    The neighbourhood cat, Taffy once herded Slifer and Obelisk into the rabbit hutch because another cat was trying to catch them. He stayed right by the door until Rocky left.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2007
  9. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2007
    pennsylvania
    What a great kitty you have! I was so afraid for chicken duck, what a good rooster he is. I hope your kitty is okay, she's one of a kind!
     
  10. TJ

    TJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW! ~ I was glued to my computer screen reading your story! I kept thinking to myself, "oh no, not ChickenDuck ... Please don't tell me its ChickenDuck! Whew![​IMG]

    I think I'd be giving lil' Miss Ruthie all the kitty cookies that gal wants! What a cat!! Give that special cat of yours a lil' pat on the head for me...Goodness knows, she deserves it!!

    So happy for you - what a great story! Don't ya'll just love happy endings?

    TJ
     

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