Will cranes eat chicks?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Stormy, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. Stormy

    Stormy Chirping

    Jun 7, 2008
    South Carolina
    The crane that we see coming and going through the years has decided to make his first appearance of the year. The chickens free range during the late afternoon/evening. They are 5 weeks old.

    Will the crane go after the chickens?
  2. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    No, they eat fish and pond things, they should not at all bother your chicks .
  3. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    "Although some species are more specialized than others, most cranes are generalists and opportunists, feeding on a remarkably wide variety of plant and animal foods. Among cranes that use upland areas, the diet includes seeds, leaves, acorns, nuts, berries, fruits, waste grains, worms, snails, grasshoppers, beetles, other insects, snakes, lizards, rodents and other small mammals, and even small birds."

    If found this info. from a reliable crane info. site. Not sure what species you are dealing with. Not saying the crane you are seeing would eat your chicks, but it looks like it is a possibility.
  4. chickypoo

    chickypoo Songster

    Mar 13, 2008
    It depends on a few things. The size of the crane, how hungry they are and how close the chicks are. I would keep an eye out, cranes can be pretty opportunistic.

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