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Run Chrissie Run!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sjisty, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    Hubby was outside just now building a new chicken run. He heard our little banty, Chrissie, our first chicken (3+ years old) raising a ruckus. He looked up to find her running for her life! A big hawk was chasing her across the ground. It obviously missed her on the dive and as she ran it was running after her. She made it to the gate but was trapped. By then, hubby was hollering and the hawk flew into a nearby tree. Hubby threw a stick at it but it just watched him and finally flew away when he lobbed his tape measure at it.

    A few minutes later, Chrissie is roosting in the coop, missing a lot of feathers and with a tiny cut on her back - what a lucky girl! I rounded everybody else up from under bushes, behind the wood pile, etc. On looking at the trail of feathers across nearly 1/2 acre, it's amazing that she made it, but she has always been a fighter. She is the last of our original three chickens, Chrissie, Janet, and Jack.

    Hubby just went out to check on her, and she wouldn't let him near - the ungrateful little brat!

    This is her from a couple of years ago when she was broody -
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  2. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
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    Glad she made it.

    She's probably in shock, so give her a nice treat and let her get some rest. She deserves it.
     
  3. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    We brought her in, checked her over thoroughly, and gave her a dozen mealworms. She's fine!
     
  4. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
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    Oh thank God. Had me worried. So glad she made it safe. She deserves big treats.[​IMG]
     
  5. babalubird

    babalubird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, boy! She was lucky!
     
  6. Raven81

    Raven81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    very lucky girl indeed sounds like a very close call.
     
  7. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a lucky lady! Glad for good outcome. [​IMG]
     
  8. iluvmichickens

    iluvmichickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A pretty girl too!
     
  9. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
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    Watch out for that hawk though, I bet he'll be back!
     
  10. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    Quote:He/she has been around for ages but only goes after my little ones. Now that we have secure grow-out pens, I guess he/she decided to go after Chrissie, since she's a banty. We had a hawk land on the ground in front of our Jersey Giant hen, who stood her ground and growled and the hawk decided to go after easier prey, like maybe a mouse or a rabbit.
     

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