The URBAN HAWK tried it again!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Wolfpacker, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've written in several threads the story about a hawk trying to get my girls in their tractor when they were just a few weeks old and I was sitting less than three feet away.

    Well, just a few minutes ago we were all outside and they were free-ranging all over the yard. I was giving them mushrooms from a pizza and bits of the crust. I was sitting in the middle of the yard right beside them and had the boom box playing pretty loudly. There were birds around the feeders and a big squirrel was gorging himself on the top of one.

    Suddenly, I heard the doves fly, looked to my left in time to see the squirrel vamoose, turned back to my girls in time to see them run under the bushes, and then felt a huge breeze on the back of my neck before THAT HAWK CAME IN FROM BEHIND ME AGAIN TO TRY TO GET ONE OF MY CHICKENS! This time he landed on my neighbor's house and looked back down at us. I stood up and yelled and waved my hands and he flew away.

    This all happened about 20 minutes ago and my girls are still cowering under the bushes, but I'm very proud of them for recognizing the danger and getting out of its way.

    Can't say it enough: WATCH OUT FOR HAWKS!!!

    BTW, I have to admit: That was one beautiful bird!
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2007
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    City animals get pretty bold now a days. Good thing your girls are predator wise!
     
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    How scarey!!! They sure are bold. I would keep the water hose ready and on guard when the chickens are out. Just a good squirt...should stop him in his tracks.
     
  4. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    See why I never free range and I have a huge net over my chicken yard. They are beautiful birds though. I get them all day every day at my house.
     
  5. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think those city hawks must be pretty bold and/or hungry. I can't imagine our redtails or Cooper's hawks doing anything like that (we live out in the country). I wonder if there's a difference between city hawks and country hawks? Maybe city hawks are more used to human activity, I don't know. Ours are certainly shy and very wary of human activity. Whatever the difference, way to go Dominiques! That's a smart flock you've got, Wolfpacker. [​IMG]

    Amy
     
  6. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Must be a city hawk thing, because the hawk that scoped out our birds for a few days stayed way high while we were out free-ranging with the peeps. And then it gave up. Haven't seen it in weeks (Not over our house, anyway).
     
  7. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Quote:I live about 30 minutes from Wolfpacker and where I am is the country and he's in the city. Hawks at my house are just crazy, they fly inches from my face, try to pick up one of my cats and one flew into my house. I think NC hawks are just messed up in the head. [​IMG]
     
  8. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Quote:My DH loves to say that about PEOPLE from NC...
    (He has family from there that drive him nuts, and my ex-H's family is from there)
     
  9. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My DH loves to say that about PEOPLE from NC...
    (He has family from there that drive him nuts, and my ex-H's family is from there)

    :thun Them's fightin' words!!!
     
  10. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Quote:My DH loves to say that about PEOPLE from NC...
    (He has family from there that drive him nuts, and my ex-H's family is from there)

    :thun Them's fightin' words!!!

    I know. That's why he says it! Riles up my daughter's. Like they need a reason to get aggravated with the retired Army Sergeant stepdad... [​IMG]
     

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