Hawks: Why we house the chickens

Sorry Mr. Raptor,
no chicken treats for you today!
All the chickies are put away…..
There was a hawk peering into the chicken house down at the hangar barn this morning. A beautiful specimen. I startled it when walking in so it flew up into the rafters and sat for a while. Luckily, it stood still long enough for me to capture it with a short video but as you can see it was tough to keep it in the frame because it flew away with great speed.
We’ve lost as many as a dozen chickens and guineas to hawks, owls and eagles over the past five years so we finally broke down and housed them all in two separate barns. This means particular attention to air circulation, heat lamps, and of course supplementary food stuff including chopped cabbage and cantaloupe since they can no longer forage.

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