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Went out to check on the chickens and saw this

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I knew by the feathers that it wasn't one of the chickens yet it also shows that the hawk is still close by waiting for any opportunity to strike.

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2dogs7cats

Oh yah, that's much harsher Faye :-)))

gemstone

Dang??? ;)))

2dogs7cats

It's true cinderfire. I realize that they all have to eat but I just wish it wasn't my chickens.

You said it Jan, except I'm not sure 'darn' is the word I usually use :-)

JiggyBelle

Darn it all, anyway!

cinderfire

The laws of nature can be cruel at times. Wish that hawk would just go away and hunt in the forests.

2dogs7cats

That's what I'm afraid of grandmalucy

grandmalucy

WHen hawks see they have potential prey they will stick around until they get what they are after.

2dogs7cats

Yes that small one was an easy target at the time Ardy and had I realized that he had already attacked one of the chickens I might have tried but he isn't the one that killed the silver pencilled Wyandotte or injured Speckles. I saw that one and it was the large hawk. Not sure who's here now killing the birds. Could be either one or someone different.

ringleader

Edie, sure wish you had killed that one when you found it on the ground. I can understand why you couldn't but I can still wish. Thanks for all you do do.

2dogs7cats

They spend most of their time in the coop but the coops are small to keep them locked in all day. I open their small door and that's let them into the area under the net so they're safe there. Hopefully.

grandmalucy

Is there any way to keep them in the coop.... that would help..

2dogs7cats

I often see a VERY large red tailed hawk when I walk the dogs in the fields he could be the one that I saw under the coop. The one that killed the small hen previous to that was a different much smaller hawk so it may have been him today as well. I throw scratch into the area under the net for the chickens and small birds some through the fence and clean it up. I'm guessing it was a chickadee or a nuthatch Florrie.

2dogs7cats

Yes it is PJ. I just hope that once the snow is gone and he can find field mice again that he will move on.

2dogs7cats

I'm trying Barb. You can see the large coop in the picture. It was under here that one was killed and Speckles was injured. I now have rabbit wire running along the bottom of the coop so he can't get under that way. Also still have the old pool cover across the roof and onto the top of the small coop with a dog pen around the perimeter. I'll take a more distant shot next time I go out so you get a better idea.

florrie

Hungry hawk - will take any food it can find.
I don't know how big the hunting area of a hawk is - perhaps it visits your place at a certain time of the day whilst trawling the area. Could you tell from the feathers what it had caught?

puzzlejan

Oh Edie - what a challenge you got to keep the chickens both safe - and warm,
Thanks for sharing,
PJ

tigress

Oh dear, I know you're doing your best, Edie, but try and keep our little ones safe. :-)

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