young hawk

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Rainier, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Rainier

    Rainier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dog and my two cockerels just saved our flock!!!

    We heard the chickens making a huge fuss. Yesterday something got one of my Lemon Cuckoo Orpington (14 weeks old) that I just got for a breeding project. She was in the front and not near the flock when she was killed. We thought it was a feral cat (we have many around here) after talking to a neighbor. He too lost a hen the other day.

    I took off running for the backdoor and in a matter of seconds my mind registered
    1) Mr. Rooster was puffed up and herding the hens to a large tree/bush we have in their yard. Tripper was running around in a zig zag pattern just behind Mr. Rooster.

    2) A very young hawk (I swear it was about two feet in front of me) was flying by the backdoor where I was standing. I could have reached out and snagged him.

    I yelled hawk to DH who grabbed his gun and my son grabbed his BB gun as they headed to that part of the yard. Token (Great Dane/Lab) ran past me out to the yard. The hawk flew off. DH and son stood out there for a bit and waited for the flock to settle. They came back in but we left Token in the back with the flock.

    Not even five minutes later the flock was fussing and Token was growling and barking. The hawk was circling. I think our dog is the only thing keeping it from coming back.

    The flock is in lock down until we fix it so it is safe for them to be outside. The hawk took off over to the neighbor’s yard. DH and son went over there. He has ducks and chickens but they do not have netting up over their chicken yard. They are not home as the dad is hunting in Eastern WA and the mom and kids are at work/school. The hawk circled for a bit over there before flying off. Needless to say we belief in and practice SSS!

    We knew we had a predator but thought it was a feral cat now we know it was a hawk.
    Mr. Rooster
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    Tripper
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    Token watching his flock
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    Last edited: Sep 22, 2014
  2. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad everything worked out & no one was injured or killed. Your dog & Roo's did a great job. Its pretty scary when predators attack. My gander (goose) got into it with an opossum a couple nights ago - defending his mate, nest & the chickens. My dogs were going nuts but could not get to where they were due to cross fencing. I was able top get out there in time but still very scary.
     
  3. Rainier

    Rainier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My heart was pounding. That hawk was so close to me. Our backdoor opens out into the chicken yard. Afterwards I was an awe that I was that close to a hunting hawk and can admire just how beautiful he/she was.

    That being said it will not protect it from SSS should it come back.
     
  4. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are amazing - beautiful & just doing what comes natural to them - I don't like to kill but sometimes you have to defend your animals.
     

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