Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by maria09, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. maria09

    maria09 In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2011
    I live in South Africa and have chickens in my backyard (quater of an acre in size)
    I have 2 roosters and 9 hens. They are mixed breeds of bantam chickens.
    They sleep in a tree. (Karee tree)
    This evening they were going frantic. When I went out I saw a owl on the telephone pole about 50meters from them. It looked like a spotted eagle owl or an cape eagle owl. Seeing that it was dusk I could only see it was large and had those ears( not like a barn owl which is smaller.)
    Can anyone tell me if owls will eat my chickens?
    I feel so guilty not to have a coop for them. We never catch them and therefore don't handle them.
    Maybe I should try and put chicken wire over the branches which is quite high.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Over here we have the Great Horned Owl which is similar in size to your owls, and they are capable of killing geese and peafowl so chickens are easy prey for them. It is an assumption on my part, but I think that the two owls that you mentioned represent a danger to your roosters. The barn owl is your friend. Best rodent control a farm can have.

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2011
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Owls will eat chickens. I'm in Texas & the owls ,the Texas owls will kill & eat chickens.
  4. I know in the US owls eat chickens so I'm sure they do in South Africa [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. animals1981

    animals1981 Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    great horned owls are much more aggressive then spotted eagle owls i think you are going to be okay if ur chickens are large

    euro eagle owls and the african giant eagle owls are the ones with a strong fondness for big chickens the spotted should be ok they are not that into killing large birds the size of standard chickens more into mice and rats and smaller creatures. WHile great horned owls and other species of eagle owls will take anything big small strong weak. They are true tigers of the sky. But the also take out predators like minks, raccoons, and skunks and love to eat hawks and falcons and even foxes. SO they might cause more good then harm
  6. maria09

    maria09 In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2011
    Thanks For The Feedback :d
    I Realise That Apart From Me Feeling Guilty About Keeping The Chickens They Have Brought About Some Advantages Like Bringing Owls Into The Area.
  7. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Songster

    Aug 7, 2011
    west virginia
    YES owls will eat your chickens, ducks, and geese one by one, each night until that hunting ground is cleaned out. You know they can nab a full grown rabbit and fly off with it, and until you see them up close you don't realize what ferocious predatorss they are. The wings are bult for lift, big and round and the claws ate huge and knarley, they can fly right into a tree where your chickens are sleeping. My husband said they hunt with more of a thermal image so they can really see into a tree...If you can, try to provide some sort of cover, even cover the tree with camoflage netting if there is no other way...good luck to you.
  8. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

    Apr 7, 2011
    Western NY
    My Coop
    Owls are amazing predators. Unlike most hawks, the larger owl species can carry off many times their body weight. The absolutely will take chickens, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, peafowl, etc...
  9. maria09

    maria09 In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2011
    Thank You!!

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