Hawk attack questions.

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  1. Chicken12345

    Chicken12345 New Member

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    So recently for the first time I had a hawk attack one of my 6 chickens. It didn't kill my bird and flew away. I put my chicken in my house to recover and didn't let the other chickens out for a week. I reintroduced the healed chicken to the flock (it went well). Should I be worried about the hawk coming back?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Longcrow

    Longcrow New Member

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    Depends but likely not after 2-3 days. Unless they are nesting, which should be over in most areas they generally don't stick to one small area. Spring and fall hawks are usually birds that are migrating.
     
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  3. robin416

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    Hawks can be a problem year round. I have to keep an eye out for them here. You did the right thing by putting the birds up for a few days.

    Congrats on the bird recovering and getting back to her flock.
     
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  4. Chicken12345

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    I think it was a red tailed Hawk but am not that sure.
     
  5. robin416

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    That's what I have here year round. My Guineas have a real alarm call when true threats are around. More than once it's been a red tail sitting in the tree very near them.
     
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  6. Chicken12345

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    I haven't seen the hawk back or flying around yet. Is it safe to let my chickens roam yet?
     
  7. robin416

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    Probably. They will give up after a time and move on to something easier to get at.
     
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  8. Chicken12345

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    Ok, thank you for your help!
     
  9. robin416

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    You're welcome. Just remember there are others out there. And this won't be the last time. I've had them bold enough to go after my birds with me out there.
     
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    Ok I will be careful. Thanks again for your help!
     
  11. Sylie

    Sylie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Robin is exactly right, never let your guard down, there are different kinds of hawks and they all hunt for different reasons at different times, even within the span of a day, some will hunt in the morning, afternoon evening etc.
    I have a lot of chicken hawks here (aka Coopers hawks) and have had to chase them off my birds a few times. I didn't get to it in time once and the hawk almost got my chicken off the ground. He did not succeed, the chicken was perfectly fine, a little emotional trauma but otherwise fine so I lucked out. Most of the hawks swoop low and scare the tar of them but never make contact. Thankfully but you just cannot let your guard down, ever.
     
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