Chicken Predator!

An Unwelcome Guest Visits the Chicken Farm… Again

By no accident, this  magnificent Harris Hawk stopped by the ranch this morning for yet another attempt to feast on my flock. His near success last time prompted me to hang aviary netting atop the chicken yard – and he looks pissed!

The handsome Harris hawk hunts cooperatively in  pairs or trios. They surround their prey, and flush it for another to catch, or take turns chasing it.
MEASUREMENTS: The Harris’ Hawk has a body length of 18 – 24 inches, a wingspan of 3 1/2 – 4 feet, and weighs 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 pounds.
These hawks are found in semiarid habitats like savannas, chaparrals, scrub prairies, and mesquite and saguaro deserts. They range from the southwestern United States through Central America and into much of the drier habitats in South America.

For more information on the Harris Hawk go here.



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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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7 Responses to Chicken Predator!

  1. Amy do you really want anymore critters in your garage? lol Keeping the garage open may let something else in you don’t want there! We leave our garage open we get raccoon’s and mice…EEEEEK Love the story, glad the hawk can’t get any of your chickens! : )

  2. Beautiful bird and great photo. Too bad he won’t stick to eating mice.

  3. tbnranch says:

    Hardly a worry there, he prefers life on a pillow you know…

  4. Yikes! That’s a fierce looking creature. Keep your little dog inside!

  5. tbnranch says:

    I’d rather he pick a new territory, but he sure is something to admire!

  6. Rita A. says:

    Sorry about your predator but that is a great photo.

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