Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by albird101, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. albird101

    albird101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2013
    Recently, there been a unusual amount of sparrow hawks, in my area you usually see 2 in 1 month, but now it's a everyday thing, my bantam rooster been sounding the alarm every time and my hens go and take cover' he's pretty good at spotting them before they get to close, I was wondering if a sparrow hawk can take down my rooster and kill him? The hawk isn't to big it's the size of a small crow, my rooster is a bit bigger and bulkier, so I was wondering what are the chances of the hawk killing my rooster and hens!? Thanks
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! You might want to post on the Predators and Pests board for more help with the danger from hawks you have in your area. It would depend on what they call a Sparrow Hawk in your area, if it is the size of a crow it could be something like a Coopers Hawk and Sharp Shinned Hawk and ones that size can and will kill chickens, they can't fly off with the big ones but will eat them on the ground. Kestrels, what we usually call sparrow hawks are tiny , maybe 6-7 inches long, guess they could make off with a chick, but they have never bothered the adult chickens.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] I would never expect a rooster of any size to battle a hawk or falcon, etc. and win. If the predator flies down from a tree branch maybe he wouldn't snag lunch - too much confusion and running bodies. Many roos would turn tail and run. If the same predator dives from the sky, the force of impact alone would stun or kill a chicken. I'd put my faith in fort knox coops and covered runs long before expecting unarmed poultry to put up a strong defense.
  4. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

    May 31, 2013
    x2 to all the other posts.A hawk can easily kill a rooster even if its bigger and [​IMG]
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have heavy knotted netting over my bantam pen now - highly recommend it.

    Think snow load when installing.
  6. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    oh yea he'd kill him in an instant.
    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve. :frow

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]

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