brossini Posted April 15, 2021 Share Posted April 15, 2021 My neighbor has/had about 30 chickens that are allowed to range freely during the day and they also spend a lot of time wandering our property. Yesterday I found one of the chickens dead in my yard with a bunch of loose feathers. I started looking around, and my neighbor was also outside, and we found nine dead chickens. There was very little blood, just the bodies and a lot of loose feathers looking like they put up a fight for whatever got them. However, none of the birds were removed or eaten. Most of them were also lying dead UNDER our trees, not necessarily in the open. We have a small type of apple tree, and some of them were under those trees with limbs close to the ground. My neighbor thinks the hawks in our area did it. I disagree; I've never seen a hawk kill like that and I've lived in the same place for 35 years. Normally they kill, remove, and eat what they have killed. I've seen the hawks with mice, small birds, and snakes. We have red tailed hawks, Coopers hawk, and, believe it or not in eastern rural Kansas, I have seen two eagles over the last 4 months. I'm wondering if anyone has seen or heard about anything like this and whether or not this is normal predatory behavior for hawks and eagles. Thank you. BTW; no, we are not contemplating doing anything to the birds of prey. Just seeking information and understanding what happened. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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