Peafowl and hawks

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by LedgeWoods, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. LedgeWoods

    LedgeWoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will free ranging peafowl be like watchdogs for hawk attacks on chickens?...or could they be next on the hawk menu?! Had my pair up until this August...no hawk problems. Within 6 weeks of them going AWOL the hawk attacks started. Trying desperately for a natural solution-I refuse to fence in the birds.
     
  2. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    When I free-ranged and even with the peafowl in the pen they can spot a hawk even before you can see it. They will spot a hawk so high in the sky to our eyes it will be a little dot.

    One breeder told me that one day one of her birds got caught by a hawk and the hawk had it pinned down to the ground and a group of her free-ranging peafowl ran to the rescue and pestered the hawk until it let go of the bird and flew away.

    Normally when the peafowl spot a hawk they make a low gurgling squeaking noise and stare with their head tilted toward the sky. Sometimes they might make loud honking noises but a lot of times they stare up at the sky and make the low squeaking.
     

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