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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by The Red Rooster, Aug 16, 2011.
We have a huge owl. do they go after chickens or chicks? Just wondering..
If they can get into the coop at night I would think so.
They're not really day hunters but I've certainly seen owls flying during the day, so if there's a target of opportunity.... If your chickens free range or have an open topped run they're vulnerable to any aerial pred.
Yes, they will kill and eat a full grown hen. It is easy prey!
Quote:My chickens are in an enclosed pen. The chicks free range. But I think hes scared of our dogs.
Owls are generally night predators so they get them in their sleep. If they are cooped up at night then it shouldn't be a problem.
Depends on the type of owl. Great Horned owls have been known to go into a coop for chickens during the night so make sure the coop is secure. Also while they usually hunt at night they can be active at dusk and dawn and will hunt on cloudy days. I doubt too that a dog would be much of a deterrent--they'd just fly in and out over them. Netting over the chicken yard would be the only aerial protection.
i watched an owl take my leg horn rooster that was huge right at day break 4 years ago it took a few hens 2.they are very strong an fast an great hunters.