Category / Predators

August 17, 2011
Yesterday, the girls were tormented by a juvenile Red Tailed Hawk for a few hours.  Either myself or one of the contractors would chase it away, only to find it returned and perched upon the coop.  Finally, I had remembered something that I had seen and learned about from Terry Golson during her Chicken Workshop.  She had …

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August 16, 2011
Today I was working in the backyard with our contractor replacing a window.  I kept hearing the chickens sound the alarm.  I could only assume they were reacting to the power tools and hammering.  Little did I know that the threat was real.  I decided to investigate after they were squawking for a while.  As …

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July 12, 2011
My neighbor called me today and told me of an animal he saw in his backyard yesterday around 3pm in the afternoon.  At first glance, he thought that it was a ferret, as it moves very similarly.  However, it was the size of a raccoon.  My worst fears were confirmed.  I had seen them in …

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June 24, 2011
Terrible news has come from across town.  Three chicken coops have been invaded by a weasel and the flocks had been wiped out.  I got news yesterday from Viola that her flock was attacked in the night.  She had a mixed flock of about 20 girls.  Only 3 escaped harm.  When she arrived at her …

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May 26, 2011
  Cooper’s Hawks, like this one, used to be called “chicken hawks” in the days of the early settlers. Are you nervous to let your flock free range for a number of reasons?  I too find that I need to supervise the girls whenever they are out.  Here on Cape Cod, we have many predators including fisher …

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May 14, 2011
This morning I heard the girls yelling out their alert call.  After a few minutes I decided to investigate.  I peered out the window to discover a male turkey paying a visit to the girls!  Oyster Cracker was standing on the log in the run.  All the girls were yelling!  What a sight!  I snapped some …

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