will a hawk kill a full grown standard chicken?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jsanders, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. jsanders

    jsanders In the Brooder

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    We have them range through here some. The coop and run are under some pine trees but I don't want to take too much of a chance.
     
  2. panner123

    panner123 Songster

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    Yes the larger hawks will kill a chicken. Even the smaller one will take a chick. If they have cover (bushes) to hid under with pine trees above, the are fairly save.
     
  3. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

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    Yes I lost a full grown barred rock hen to one last year. We have smaller hawks here and he couldn't do anything but drag her. My barred rock roo defended her and stayed with her until I got out there. Of course the hawk was gone. My FIL who lives next to me saw the whole thing and told me what happened. He's disabled so there was nothing he could do about it. [​IMG]

    ETA: The hawk did kill the hen but the rooster was trying to protect her the best he could....
     
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  4. sillybirds

    sillybirds Songster

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    Quote:What a noble rooster! That story makes me want to have a rooster.
     
  5. runagun

    runagun Hatching

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    Saw a hawk take down my fully grown Rhode island red rooster. So yess chickens are hawk food.
     
  6. okiron

    okiron Songster

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    My friend has a hawk problem with them trying to carry off his shibas. 20lb dogs. Even if they couldn't actually pick them up they can cause fatal injuries.
     
  7. Faverolle

    Faverolle Songster

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    Hawks will kill full grown standard size hens. I lost quite a few full grown hens to smaller hawks as well so it's not just the larger hawks you need to worry about.
     
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  8. GAchick

    GAchick Songster

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    and it seems the only deterrent is to have plenty of hidey spots for the birds to scramble to?
     
  9. sangel4you

    sangel4you Songster

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    An this is why I am getting a rooster in the next few days!!!
     
  10. cmjust0

    cmjust0 Songster

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    Hawks can exert 500psi of gripping pressure through their talons... That's enough to crush a human skull, if only they could get their toes around it.

    I just read that a few minutes ago and thought it was pretty amazing..
     

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