Will a owl get my hens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by The Red Rooster, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    We have a huge owl. do they go after chickens or chicks? Just wondering..

  2. turbodog

    turbodog Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    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.
  3. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Yes, they will kill and eat a full grown hen. It is easy prey!
  4. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Quote:My chickens are in an enclosed pen. The chicks free range. But I think hes scared of our dogs.
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    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.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011

  6. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    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.
  7. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Songster

    Jun 8, 2010
    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.

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