Remember i was wondering why no attacks? Well....Hawk

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jmc, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    It happened this morning, 9:05. I came out to check on the birds and saw a Cooper's fly out of the pen. He got the alpha drake. Darn it!

    all other birds terrified and in the main shelter. so that makes 19 girls and now 3 males.

    funny how this hurts.

    just want you any who are interested to have this data from MA.

    I see i am not the only one with hawk issues these days
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2010
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Yeah... i'm in Mass also. Just had a hawk get one of my girls the other day too.
    They are everywhere here..
  3. Frannabelle

    Frannabelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2009
    They're here everywhere in Michigan too. I don't know if they are Cooper's or Sharped Shinned, but I see them all day long, circling over head ..........

    Eat a dang mourning dove!
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  4. HathawayHens

    HathawayHens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    DeLand, FL
    yup. we're having problems here in FL... just lost our first to a hawk, hadn't had a problem since we got them in the spring. I guess fall / winter is bad for hawks?
  5. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    My chickens don't seem to even notice the hawk. I believe what one BYC'er told me, after one is taken the others will learn. Unfortunately, they have to learn the hard way. Just hope it's one of the Brown Leg Horns. [​IMG]
  6. OverEggstended

    OverEggstended Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2010
    SW Washington State
    Hmmm... our resident hawk gets birds from my feeders and pond area all the time, but ignores my chickens. Perhaps it is becase they are rather large?
  7. knjinnm

    knjinnm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2010
    Sandia Park, NM
    Never assume hawks do not live in your environment. They nest on the ledges of tall buildings, abandoned buildings ...
    It may take awhile but eventually they will discover your chicken coop.
  8. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Drive along the fields here. There will be one on about every 12-13 fence posts at times. It is creepy and fascinating at the same time when you see it.
  9. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    Quote:Well how come a hawk got to one of your birds?
  10. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    actually, i can verify that it is absolutely NOT a Cooper's Hawk.

    It was back this evening. It is a Buteo. I am pretty sure it is an immature Red Shouldered. I was a birder for years and i know it is no mature bird. We have Red Shouldered breeding here, as we are bordered on east and south by wetland/marshes.

    It could be a transient, possibly a local hatch.

    i know i'll see it again--probably tomorrow--for another look. But it ain't no slender, small Coopers. A Coopers would have had an awful time with this really tough, medium weight breed, alpha drake.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2010

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