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What Kind Of Hawk Is This, Please.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by redhen, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    This is one of the little stinkers thats been trying to peg off all my chickens. Is it a Coopers? He looked a bit bigger than a Coopers to me though...
    Also..he had NO fear... sat right there watching us...think he stuck his tounge out and flipped us the bird too... [​IMG]

  2. stampntam

    stampntam Songster

    Apr 13, 2010
    Spring Grove, PA
    the picture is too blurry, a good picture of the front and back would help.
  3. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    My brother says that it is a Broad winged hawk.

    ETA: they eat birds, mammals, amphibians, insects, and reptiles. they swoop down from a perch to catch their food and they remove the feathers from the birds before they eat them, so if you find a pile of feathers that's where your chicken went.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2011
  4. janinepeters

    janinepeters Songster

    Jun 9, 2009
    I would go with either coopers or sharp shin. If you think it is big, then more likely coopers.

    Coops will come down for full sized chickens, even though they are too small to carry one off. Keep your eyes peeled and chase it off if it comes down for a chicken. I have never had to chase off a hawk more than once before it decided chicken hunting is not worth the effort.
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008

  6. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    sharp shinned hawks are tiny hawks - a man can hold one in his hand easily... much smaller then even a bantam.

    cooper's are the length of a man's arm, large foul sized.

    broad shoulder hawks are between those other two in size, bantam size kinda.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2011
  7. magoochie

    magoochie Songster

    Dec 26, 2010
    Grantsburg, WI
  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    I was thinking the same thing Ranchhand [​IMG]
  9. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Hey - are you stealing my hawk? [​IMG]

    Looks like Coop - the Coopers that hangs out around here. He has never hurt my chickens, but hunts the doves, pigeons, house sparrows and other little birds that seem to like the chicken feed.

  10. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging 9 Years

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Juvenile Coopers Hawk. Looks female but need something to help determine size. Potential threat to small or lone chicken especially if cover options lacking.

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