Surprise in the coop!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Highlander, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    Went to lock up my chickens tonight and got a bit of a surprise when I walked into the Brahma coop. Sitting on the roost was a beautiful sparrowhawk. I'm guessing it flew in through the pop hole after a rat as we have a few of those right now [​IMG] The big Brahma babies were all huddled in a corner even though they are all 3 times it's size [​IMG] Glad I didn't have any chicks in there though! It flew over my head out the coop door and into the barn where it perched on the rafters for and flew around for a while before hubby came home on his motorbike and scared it away.

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    Last edited: Oct 29, 2010
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Eeeegads!!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe it was looking for a new flat? [​IMG]
     
  4. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    Quote:Really? I thought he was gorgeous. Gave me a start though!
     
  5. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    Quote:[​IMG]
     
  6. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very cool pic and story! Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    Amazing! What a beautiful bird.
     
  8. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Nice bird! Thanks for sharing. [​IMG]
     
  9. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    beautiful bird, glad it didn't get your chicks..
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    That hawk looks like a Cooper's hawk that we have here in the US. Looking at it's long thin legs, I'm betting that it is a bird eater rather than a mammal hunter. I don't know about that bird, but Cooper's hawks are capable of killing birds far larger than themselves. I wouldn't trust it aroound my birds.
     

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