What took my pigeon???

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by seminolewind, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I think it was during the day. She was sitting behind a feed storage can inside my coop, on a golf ball. The coop has chickens and now 3 pigeons. She was nesting on the floor. The coop door is open during the day. The golf ball had moved 8 inches, so I'm thinking that she was taken off the nest.

    I don't have hawks. I have crows . I have not seen any animal activity out there. I'm sure there are a few rats I haven't seen, I'm assuming. Any ideas?
     
  2. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are hawks in Florida, I'm guessing you live in/near the city? Could have been anything. Probably a cat or dog since it was in the day time. Any feathers?
     
  3. TN_BIRD

    TN_BIRD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw a hawk in my garage today at one of my cages where I have a pigeon. Scared the crap out of me. Beautiful birds, but it startled me to see it so close (my pigeon is fine).
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Tn_bird be aware that if the wire mesh is large enough. Cooper's hawks will actually reach through it and grab your birds. Once they locate food, they are like winged weasels.
     
  5. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, PLEASE make sure the wire is small, like hardware cloth. I have had a hawk reach through mine and strip a pigeon from the neck down to the crop. It lived and healed, but it was scary.
     
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Okay it wasn't the one sitting on the floor on a golf ball. It was one of the youngsters (adult size). We have hawks in Florida, but we attract alot of crows and they keep the hawks away. I just don't get it. They are never more than 10 feet from the coop, they usually stay in the rafters, but come out to drink or have a snack.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    If it was a hawk, you can be guaranteed that it will return. I flew my birds yesterday and they survived a hawk attack. Today the hawk was going from loft to loft hanging on the aviaries peering in at the pigeons.
     

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