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strange noise from the hens
« on: May 05, 2017, 21:06 »
I think I have a new top hen as her warning signal is somewhat different. 7 of them grouped together (Sooty had gone to bed), so I look out of my son's bedroom window and the Buzzard (looks bigger than a sparrowhawk and twice the size of a marran) perched on the fence.
He goes for the mice in the paddock or the farmers field.

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Re: strange noise from the hens
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2017, 08:43 »
You do get to know their calls don't you.   Mine are a bit wary of the red kites, but they are mostly scavengers.  A buzzard is a bit more of a threat.  I see them sometimes perched in the trees in the countryside round here, but they don't seem to venture into the built up areas.

Mine have an alarm call for cats - a collective shouting at the fence of 'clear off you - we know you are around'.  Its very different from the real panic one that I have heard when a fox has got into the garden.


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Re: strange noise from the hens
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2017, 08:53 »
Had a sparrow hawk that would sit on the fence and the hens would pretty much ignore it until one day it killed a collared dove 8ft away on my lawn.
That upset the girls for a couple of hours !

I would be concerned about a buzzard that is hanging  around housing and hens , they normally go for small prey or carrion but if they have hungry chicks to feed a chicken dinner may be tempting.


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Re: strange noise from the hens
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2017, 18:55 »
He comes here on a regular basis, but he nests in a wood area some distance away.

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