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Red Tailed Hawk!
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KellyGa    Posted 03-23-2004 at 13:22:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, today I let the chickens out for about an hour, while I cleaned out their house. Put in fresh hay. Filled their feeder and waterer. After I finished, I sat down in the grass, they came up to me for a little attention, then went on milling about.

You can tell when there is a hawk about. The birds in the trees get nervous. Had several grackels making odd sounds, the little birds were flitty. About a minute of watching this and I decided to put them up. I began gathering them one by one, had one in my arms, and all of the sudden the grackels scattered, and SWOOP! Here come a red tail hawk right through the yard. He manuevered toward the chickens, but I clapped my hands and yelled, he flew on off. So, now that hawk knows theres food here. Can't let the biddies out without me out there. Not until they are big girls. Not even to get a glass of coke or something. I don't want to lose another.

Thanks Cindi for rooting me on when I was giving Claire advice! :) Hey, I may think a guinea looks like a turkey, lol, but I know my chickens! I did my homework way in advance, and filled this noggin with lots of info, and I am still reading and learning, just to be prepared.

I figure if your going to have any animal, you should learn about them, at least basic care, BEFORE you get them. AHEM... advice maybe two recent posters should take to heart, Claire and Abram. Not trying to be mean, but you two should be more prepared, it is a living thing that is totally dependant on you for care.
I don't enter into getting any animal lightly. Took me three years to get a border collie. I always buy books, and learn all the info online I can. I already have a goat book, and I don't even have goats yet! Probably won't for another year.

Mr. Swint says my new babies may be in a day early! So they may be here on Thursday, I am so excited, a new mother hen, again. :)

Hawks Everywhere    Posted 03-23-2004 at 19:20:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got 62 Bobwhite quail that I'm going to be releasing in about a month. I've noticed in the past few months the amount of hawks that I see flying from their perch on telephone poles and such as I approach them on my way home from work in the mornings. I had to have seen at least seven the other morning in about a 2 mile stretch before reaching my house. There sure seems to alot of them this year. Plus, I've seen more owls in the last year or so than I've ever seen in my life around my area. So, I hope that my quail can fend for themselves. I have another 100 eggs to set in the incubator in the morning. I read earlier today where a woman in Pennsylvannia was fined $45,000, plus $85,000 in punitive damages for having her workers kill about 150 hawks because they were killing her quail and pheasant on her hunting preserve. I guess that she's a millionare anyway. I bet that I don't hesitate to take a few out myself if they become a problem. Killing them in the wild is one thing, but intimidating the birds in my grow pen will be another.


Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-23-2004 at 15:12:37       [Reply]  [No Email]

This contrivance may be of some help. A movable chicken lawn grazing pen used about the yard. This one is made of steel pipe. That is a yard stick leaning against it to give viewer a realative size. It's 27"high x 48"wide x 96"long. I'd suggest building one with pvc/cpvc-pipe, (which wasn't around when this one was made). This one had been once been covered with more of your favorite galv-steel chicken wire. Suggest two/three topside cross members, sides with at least on additional support on long sides
Perhaps this old idea could be helpful?

jf    Posted 03-23-2004 at 14:15:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
caution kelly I had a full side hen desytoyed by a hawk. Tried to carry it off and feet cut the sides of the hen and she died. Hard items to deal with good luck

Watch out...    Posted 03-23-2004 at 13:29:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
for them sneaky Owls if ya got em in yer area too....lost 8 good Guina Hens to one lousy owl...afore I shot him....

Clare in oz    Posted 03-23-2004 at 14:37:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Kelly,

I had a sparrowhawk try to take one of my fully grown chickens once. The chicken ran in amongst some small trees and the raptor missed out on it's lunch.

Last week, like the Grackles alerting you to the hawk, my chickens and ducks let me know there was snake nearby.

I'm glad to see someone else who spends the time to do research. I love books so I too buy books about the animals I'm thinking about buying and try to get as much information as I can. I've got a couple of books about goats too but don't have any either. I would love to get some one day but can't at the moment...mainly because our place isn't really set up for them yet. I'm already busy with a cow, pony, chickens, ducks, a dog and two cats, and we might be getting a couple of lambs in the goats are pretty much out of the picture at the moment. But I'll keep learning about them just in case.

All the reading in the world is nothing at all like the hands on experience but I like to be as prepared as that having the animals can be fun, rather than a lot of heartache. And when things do go wrong, as they can, I've got some idea of what to do.

BTW...what's a biddie?

Biddie    Posted 03-23-2004 at 19:08:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
A Biddie is what I always called the chicks.


Clare in oz    Posted 03-23-2004 at 20:09:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks. I thought it might be that...just wanted to check.

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