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Two hawks in less than 7 days!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Roan, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. Roan

    Roan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have had our flock for more than 3 years now, birds of all ages and never a problem until now.

    Less than a week ago, I heard a commotion outside my room. It was the sound of huge wings. At first, I thought it was the Australorp rooster we'd just gotten from a neighbor a few days earlier but something didn't seem right. I went out to check quickly. Sure enough, right outside my wall a hawk had attacked our only duck. The duck, named Quackers, was a gift for my 3 year old grandson. Fortunately, I had listened to my instincts and went to check. After half an hour, we had chased the hawk off but the poor duck was on its back with its legs up and wings out.

    After the threat was over, I set out to do the unpleasant task of burial while my brother tried to explain to my grandson what had happened. It was not a happy day.

    When I got to Quackers, she was sitting up and looking nervously around. She wouldn't move though so I dropped down on my knees and held her in my arms, with blood staining my hands. It was heartbreaking but I am proudly a Christian so I did what a true Christian would do in that situation. I prayed that the Lord would either take her quickly so she wouldn't suffer or heal her completely.

    I brought her in the house and put her in our brooder (we had no chicks at the time so it was open for use). She immediately began to show signs of improvement! I could find no signs of lacerations but there was a small scratch on her chest. But she was bleeding very badly from her nostrils so there was nothing I could do for the internal injuries.

    I went to wash my hands and when I came back, the blood had stopped and she was huddled in the corner warily. I put food and water down for her but she wouldn't come near them for the first day. By the second day, she was drinking but not eating. Three days past and she was drinking and quacking again but still not eating.

    I decided that night that I would put her back out with the chickens because she really thought she was one, even to the point of letting our rooster mount her for copulation...but that is a totally different story. Anyway, she is happily back out with the chickens now and looks as good as new. That was 2 days ago.

    Less than an hour ago, my grandson came in to tell me his great-grandparents (my parents) were going bye-byes and he was sad. Ordinarily, I he'd just stay with me and play but this time, I decided to take him back into the main house. Mine and my brother's house is connected to the back of theirs but with no connecting door.

    Anyway, so I went out the door with him and heard a commotion off to the left. Sure enough, there was another hawk this time with a hen in its clutches. It dropped the hen and flew up into the tree behind the house. My brother and I went immediately into hawk-be-gone mode and finally chased it off. I thank God for saving both of our birds. HE really set the right things in motion to protect them!

    I'm just surprised that it's been two attacks in less than a week! Crazy feather we've been having lately.

    We're making a scarecrow now.
     
  2. Free as a Bird

    Free as a Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya it is crazy but I have found when the hawks start coming, they don't stop. In fact, the last time I was out with the chickens two hawks flew over in the space of half an hour!
     
  3. Roan

    Roan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh we've had hawks flying overhead for the last three years from time to time so It's nothing to see them flying around. But to actually catch them trying to lift off with 2 birds in less than a week is just a bit unnerving.

    Personally, I love hawks. They're beautiful birds and I love just watching them soar so I'd hate to see anything happen to them but I have to admit, my first thought both times was get the gun, quick! LOL

    Btw, say hi to Tom Brady for me!!! The Pats are my favorite team [​IMG] [​IMG] the Pats!!!
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Hawks are migrating this time of the year. So, you will see your neighborhood hawks AND migrating ones.
     
  5. roosterlover897

    roosterlover897 Out Of The Brooder

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    i would stop free ranging, i would love to free range my self but sadly we have too many local predators. if it were me i would either find a way to relocate them or fence in your coop, sorry but if you want to keep your chickens than i would build a FENCED play area for them include a roof.;my neighbors had 6 Buff Orpingtons and a fox took 5 of them in less then 2 days. Iv'e always wanted to free range so don't think I have anything against free ranging. P.S like children if you feed them they will come back, to a hawk, being an opporntunistic creature, a chicken coop is like an easy meal. You will NOT get rid of them unless you fence in your chickens and they will realize that they can't get any food and they will leave.
     
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  6. kat1117

    kat1117 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im from north carolina, where do hawks migrate to?
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    You can not shoot raptors "out of the sky". They must be actively attacking your poultry to shoot hawks. AND you have to contact DNR to turn over the body. Keeping any part of the bird for a souvenir can get you arrested, fined and time behind bars. Please be sure you are making legally correct statements about raptors. A lot of people believe everything they read on the internet.......
     
  8. Roan

    Roan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Killing them would be an absolute last resort. An increased human and dog presence in the yard will work for our situation. I don't like killing anything for being what it is and doing what it does. Don't get me wrong, if push comes to shove, the hawk will go before my birds do. But I truly believe God put every animal on this planet to serve a purpose and so how can I punish something that is only trying to survive. So far, we've had two attacks with no fatalities so an increased presence in the yard should be enough to discourage future attacks and help them realize that there is easier hunting in the woods and open meadows than here.
     
  9. gawildlife

    gawildlife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I promise you this if you turn over a dead raptor to your DNR without first obtaining a depredation permit from USFWS the delineates what has been tried and failed then goes on to stipulate exactly how many and method somebody will be going to jail.

    There is one and only one lawful excuse for harming a raptor in this country. Immediate threat of death of greavous bodily harm to a human.

    I deal with this stuff for a living. The gist of the laws pertaining to protected species is that on your own property you may erect barriers, may haze or harass short of causing actual harm, remove/alter food items, remove/alter habitat but you can not touch without permit. Of course if the species in question is regulated by the ESA then you can't even do this.
     
  10. roosterlover897

    roosterlover897 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am not trying to offend anyone and if i did i am sorry, if you have clear evidence that the hawk has threatened or killed members of you flock than you have the right ( on your own property ) to relocate a hawk. I personally don't have much of a liking tords hawks and I might have been a little harsh on that comment and the best thing to do is trap it ( safely and so it doesn't get injured ) and relocate it elsewhere

    again if i have posted anything that is not correct i am sorry and I hope i did not affend anyone
     
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