Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Queen Alice, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. Queen Alice

    Queen Alice Hatching

    Sep 24, 2008
    Found a bunch of feathers in the chicken field, rushed to the coop to find one rather shaken-up chicken. She is missing feathers, and seems to have been pecked on her back - back and tail feathers are the ones that were pulled out. No blood - no open wounds. SO... our first thought was a hawk, but I'd suspect they'd be more successful. We have a nesting group of vultures that sometimes roost on the fence, or in the chicken field. Has anyone heard of a vulture attacking a live chicken?
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Vultures don't have the strength in their feet to attack a chicken like a hawk or eagle does. That is why they eat dead things.
  3. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    red-tailed hawks only have about a 30% sucess rate for hunting, so it was probably a hawk.

    Good luck keeping your chickies safe.
  4. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    My chickens do not run and hide from vultures but they do if they see a red tailed hawk.
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Correct...vultures are more likely to eat something nice and decaying rather than attack something still moving...

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