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Raptor took my Pullet

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Farmer Connie, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie ---CMS--- (Chicken Math Syndrome) Premium Member

    Feb 28, 2017
    duh Fl. Peninsula
    My Coop
    Free range as it perks. But also is dangerous. The Hawks were squaking and then it got quite. I walked into one of our paddocks and found the pick up spot. I rattled the food can to get them all back in before the Dragon returns..
    8 months to raise, 8 seconds to lose.. bummer.. :barnie
  2. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing 7 Years

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon

    I'm so sorry. I agree. It's disheartening. I've lost 2 of my best broody bantams to hawks over the years....and a good broody is so hard to replace.

    Lots of hawk netting. Lock up at dusk and let out after dawn. (My bantams are now under netting and in wired run 24x7...not more fly by dinners for hawks again.)

  3. Zoomie

    Zoomie Songster

    Dec 6, 2015
    Mora, NM USA
    Very sorry for your loss... that is so hard. :(
  4. sannabelle

    sannabelle Crowing

    Mar 22, 2016
    Rural Missouri
    Ugh. The worst. So sorry!!!

    I've only lost one to a hawk and I came home to find it eating my favorite chicken down by the road. Rat bas****!!!!! I got so mad seeing it I didn't have the good sense to shoot the dang thing :barnie
  5. Dayrel

    Dayrel Songster

    Mar 18, 2017
    Sorry to hear it. I heard some commotion this last week and when I looked out the window, there was a hawk on the ground trying to find a way into my run. The enclosed run likely saved a life that day.

    I use a chicken tractor which is a compromise to allow fresh greenery each day for the girls while offering solid protection. I realize most people won't use this solution, but it works if you have a small flock.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2017

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