Will a hawk go in the coop to get at chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mrsbos, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. mrsbos

    mrsbos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just wondering if a hawk would actually go into the coop to get at chickens, or if they are more of a "swoop in and attack" kind of predator. On occasion I have seen a couple of hawks fly over my yard while my chickens were out (and I was out with them). If the chickens ran into their coop after spotting a hawk, would it actually go in there after them? I hate to keep them locked up all day because I can't be standing guard all the time.
     
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Hawks will lower themselves to ground attacks when they are really hungry. They are slow on the ground though. The chickens would likely be able to escape from a ground attack.
     
  3. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are a few hawks that will attack from the ground but I think the risk is pretty small. I would worry about other animals attacking them at ground level...hawks would be at the bottom of the list for ground attacks.
     
  4. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hawks can fly in but typically have a very hard time flying out. Same with GHO but Barn owls are a bit more manuverable.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    On two occassions I have had Cooper's hawks enter pigeon lofts through the bobs and kill and eat pigeons in the loft. They will do the same thing with chickens. I have a friend who had a red tail enter his loft, and Great Horned owls will readily enter lofts and chicken coops.
     
  6. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Hawks are less likely to go into a coop than to swoop down after a chicken. They will go into a run though. They will also try to reach INTO a run through the fencing. We lost our first chicken to a Red Tailed hawk who waited for our baby Silkie to come close enough to the fence to grab. And he did. Wasn't pretty.
    We immediately reinforced with hardware cloth all the way around the run. Lesson learned.

    The bad guy. No fear:
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    Scouting out the prospects up-close:
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  7. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    omg. what amazing pics.... sorry a hawk got your chicken. [​IMG]
     
  8. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Quote:Thanks. We thought it was amazing to see him up close too. UNTIL we realized he had already dispatched the Silkie. [​IMG]
     

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