What should I do now that we have these spotted as close as 1 mile from house?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by PAchickenlover, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    What should I do now that we have spotted and taken pictures of these as close as 1 mile away from our house?


    Anyone have any suggestions for me? I took this picture.....
  2. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    In your case I would say keep a keen eye out and enjoy the view. That thing is purdy. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2012
  3. Shayna

    Shayna I [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]

    Aug 2, 2011
    We are only 2 miles from a major river and I see bald eagles all the time. I've even had one perch on a tree on our land. They're beautiful. I have covered runs and have never encountered an issue with them. As long as the river isn't frozen over, they spend most of their dinner time there. I enjoy having them around. I will say that someone a few miles away does not have a covered run, and he did get to untangle an eagle from his pen one year when everything was frozen. (It seemed ok when it flew away.) I wouldn't be terribly worried if your birds have cover.
  4. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    We never had baldies even look at my fowl. The are either fish or carrion eaters, rarely anything else so enjoy the view. When we have butcher days we get about 3-4 of them together with golden eagles and vultures gathering at the gut/refuse pile. Its cool to watch.

    We did have a golden eagle pick up and carry off one of our cats. Our 20 lb black and white tom cat was sunbathing on the horse pasture and whoosh came down the eagle grabbed him and was gone...... bye bye kitty....... Never liked that cat so I honestly don't miss him.
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Cover your run with netting and only allow closely supervised free-range time.

    Pretty bird. Funny story- a few years back my daughter (2 y.o. at the time) was playing in her sandbox, so she was crouched over, puttering in the sand. A Golden Eagle spotted her and apparently thought she was edible. It did this huge swoop downward and dropped out of the sky like a stone toward her. She sat up suddenly, still completely unaware that anything was going on. That eagle practically twisted itself inside out trying to put on the brakes, missed her by about 10 feet, landed awkwardly in a nearby tree and almost fell off the branch, before finally taking off. I didn't even have time to scream. That was the first, last and only time I have seen a Golden around here. Scared the life out of me. My daughter never even realized anything had happened.
  6. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    I have bald eagles in my trees all the time. Ive never had one bother my chickens. Now if I throw a dead coon in the back of the pasture, they come running. They seem to prefer dead animals over live. Just enjoy them!


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  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Watch them close other wise you will encounteer death unless they are veterans & have a place to hide. A good roo always helps.
  8. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    SE Michigan
    I live about a mile off a large river in Michigan and bald eagles love to roost up in a dead tree in my backyard. I would be more worried about hawks than bald eagles. I have never had a problem with eagles even checking out my uncovered run. Hawks on the other hand are smaller, faster, and a whole lot more determined to get themselves a fresh chicken lunch. I wouldn't stress myself out worring about it. If the flock feels threatened, they'll run for the coop.
  9. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    Ashtabula, Ohio
    Enjoy the view. The local bald eagles never showed any interest in our chickens, they prefer fish.
  10. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    LOL on the Golden Eagle with your daughter... Bet that was a sight to see....

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