Was it a hawk?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Ladyanne57, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. Ladyanne57

    Ladyanne57 Chirping

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    So...after almost four years without a predator death (a little free range when we are home, shut into coop at night, out in fenced pen (no roof but some cover) during the day - something got my biggest Barred Rock hen; I went out about midday to find her dead in the pen, breast down, two places on her neck torn out (but head still intact). From the explosion of feathers I'd say she was hit right where she fell, from above. We do have hawks around, also the occasional coon and possum. Last fall I cut back a lot of the wild bushes in the pen, so there is less cover, but the pen is close to the house/garage etc so not a lot of flying space. A predatory bird COULD conceivably drop in though. Two other hens had completely disappeared at the same time; one came back later that day, the other has not turned up. The three that remained in the pen were of course hiding in their coop, terrorized. They have done so well all this time, and I feel terrible about this loss, so trying to take the necessary steps to prevent it including covering the pen - we are pretty sure it was a hawk - what do you experts think?
     
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  2. Cadence A Waller

    Cadence A Waller Songster

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    It sounds like it could have been a hawk. I had a hawk get one of my chickens while they were out free ranging. The hawk tore her neck but she was to heavy for it to carry away so it just left her laying there. I hope that the rest of your chickens stay safe!
     
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  3. Rammy

    Rammy Crowing

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    So sorry to hear about your hen. :hugs
     
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  4. MissChick@dee

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    So sorry for your loss :hugs
     
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  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    pictures?
     
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  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I'm no expert, but if it happened during the day I would guess hawk. If it happened during the night, I would guess owl. I had some birds killed in one of my coops that are open on one side so I put up one of my gamer cameras and this is what I saw. I have some video of it killing one of the birds.
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