That's not a chicken on the fence, it's a hawk!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by UrbanChick101, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. UrbanChick101

    UrbanChick101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2010
    Eastern Iowa
    Today we let our chickens visit the garden [​IMG] for the first time, while the kids and I picked pumpkins before frost this weekend. On the way to the garden, I noticed a large bird, hawk like, flying overhead. We let the girls out for more than an hour. I was catching chickens, and my 9 year old was taking them back to their house. In this time, my husband was up by the garage and my other kids were excited, "There's a chicken on the neighbors fence!!! A chicken on the neighbors fence!!" [​IMG]

    I was calling for my husband to come help me get the SLW which don't care to be handled, at all. And he said, he was checking out the chicken on the neighbors fence, one yard over from ours. I was a little confused, knowing the whereabouts of my 6 girls. He said the kids had been telling him the chicken is on the fence... he took a look [​IMG] and it was a large hawk!! Glad I got my girls all locked up in the safety of their house/pen!! That's a little close for comfort, considering we have lived here 6 years and not had a hawk around ever!! We have only had our girls since August 30!!
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
  2. roosters4sale

    roosters4sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Hi. Our red tailed hawks are sneaky . They circle over like they are not coming back, but, then they do.
  3. Louise's Country Closet

    Louise's Country Closet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Garrison, MN
    Ugh, I dread hawks.. I'm glad your girls are okay!! Mine dive-bomb for cover every time one swoops overhead. We had a hawk once that came down to grab one of my girls and my rooster ran and jumped at it. We were able to get everyone inside before it had a chance to come back, but that was a close call!
  4. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2010
    Not only do we deal with the daily hawk visits, yesterday I spotted a rattle snake in the yard. Almost stepped on it while cleaning out the coop. I hate snakes in the yard.
  5. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    I don't know what it is, but birds seem to know when something they might like is around and show up all of a sudden.
  6. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    Quote:I can tell you what it is with hawks; they have incredible eye sight and they are extremely intelligent. It's always better to be safe than sorry when they are concerned.
  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Whew! Close one!

    I've learned to pay attention when I hear bluejays making a racket. They seem to spot the hawk first, and even try to harass it out of the area. I've seen crows do this, too.

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