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Stupid hawk is back....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by crzychickenlady, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. crzychickenlady

    crzychickenlady Songster

    Jan 31, 2007
    I peeked out the window this morning to see it sitting on the swingset.
    I had heard that they migrate, or "move on" this time of year.
    I thought that it was gone, I haven't seen it in several weeks now and then all of a sudden there it is.....taunting me. [​IMG]

    It's not too big of a deal, my birds are safely locked in the coop, I locked them in at night and they stay in most of the morning due to the cold weather moving in...and the coon attack we had recently. Nonetheless, it still disturbs me that it seems he/she is taunting me......
    Guess I need to do some research to try to find out what kind it is, see if I will have to worry all winter long.

    It's brownish with white feathers on the breast....if anyone knows anything about hawks??
  2. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    It's a fairly common hawk. I can't think of what it is called at the moment. I saw them all over Kansas City all winter long when I lived there. We have them here in IA also. I just lost 5 birds:( to something. They seemed to have vanished into thin air with no trace of feathers so I am thinking a hawk took them:( I guess that's the end of free ranging during the day as I thought since I was home and the Bald Eagles weren't here yet for the season they would be ok but they were there one moment and gone the next while I was home so they are not safe at all:( Sorry about your bird losses. I am glad they are safe in the coop. Mine are staying in the coop from now on with no pasture ranging during the day until I figure out how the 5 vanished into thin air.
  3. Have you tried the hanging CD's?? I haven't but I understand they help keep hawks away. I'm collecting CD's now to put out.

    My daughter wants to shoot the ones near our chickens. I'm usually not in favor of that remedy so we're going to try the CD's and a net over the "courtyard" in front of the coops first.
  4. crzychickenlady

    crzychickenlady Songster

    Jan 31, 2007
    So far I have been VERY lucky. The hawk attack I had, I was sure that my hen was dead, she was laying there with her neck all twisted not moving after we chased the hawk away.
    I went to pick her up and she jumped up and took off like a shot!

    I was amazed that she wasn't dead. All she ended up with was a few bald gouged spots and that was it!

    The coon attack was the same way, we heard a rukkus out there at about midnight, went out to investigate and the coon had dragged my roo out into the pen when we caught it. But my roo survived with a few abrasions to his neck.

    I have been VERY, VERY, lucky and thank god for that.

    2 years without incident and this year they are hitting me hard. Now I am just mad!! LOL!

    I found one hawk that looks kinda like it, It's a Cooper's Hawk......still searching tho.
  5. ROC4K

    ROC4K Songster

    Oct 21, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I have an eagle that is near...but the Raven let's out the word quite fast when the eagle is in the valley. He lands out on the tree and alarms. Unfortunately there is probably no place for you to get a Raven. Do you have a dog?

    Perhaps he isn't taunting you...only trying to understand you better. Fire crackers are a charmer for the raptor. [​IMG]
  6. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I have terrible problems with hawks here. I have lost several birds to them :mad:
  7. Duppydo

    Duppydo In the Brooder

    Oct 13, 2008
    Where i live hawks, red tail hawks to be exact, that criuse around my property are protected. I can't kill them legally, nor would i want too. I've found that shooting a small rock with a sling shot near where they are pearching almost always sends them leaving the area..
    Today there was a pair of red tails circling above my place, the clan of crows that reside here took care of them today, no sling shot needed to spook them....The hawk you described actually sounds like a Paragrine(Sp) Falcon...
    Years ago i flew pigeons and had a Paragrine fly through the barbs and right into the pigeon coop...! What a chore getting him out and freeing him/her... Try spooking it with a sling shot by hitting some brush,etc. near the bird of prey, i wouldn't actualy shot at the bird itself, that act may very well land you in big trouble with the law if caught doing so...
  8. nicodemuschickenfan

    nicodemuschickenfan Songster

    Nov 9, 2008
    Enid, OK!
    Peregrine is a good possability but you could also consider the swainson's hawk. Can you get a pic? A detailed pic would get him identified quite quickly. I have hawks real bad here. The city has been tearing down woods for devlopment and hoards of animals are now misplaced. I've seen them take off with puppies, cats and anything they can pick up. fyi They can pick up more then you think. One just a week ago swooped down to try and take my brothers cat. My mom keeps letting him out in hopes of this when my brother isn't paying attention. :thun Luckily he missed and I pulled him inside at once. I suggest a bb rifle for them. I love all animals an all but this isn't the wild and it's not a wild animal he's taking. Get a real powerful one, it'll take him out in one shot and their completly silent. Only way to truly stop them. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE animals but I can't allow them to take off with my pets whenever they feel like it. Once they learn you have easy prey, they will never leave. But go with the CDs if they work.
  9. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    I bet it's a red-tailed or could be a coopers hawk. But the one that lives around my house. He doesn't mess with my chicken especially if my roo is around
  10. In Florida the only protected hawk is the Peregrine Falcon. All others are fair game. We don't shoot them....yet....I'll try the slingshot and try scaring them away first.

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