Chicken Hawk Training School. FAIL.

"...funny story see... I was dropping by to TALK to the chickens and...well...Hey, you think when you're done taking pictures you could help me out?  Seriously...I just came by to talk."

“…funny story see… I was dropping by to TALK to the chickens and…well…Hey, you think when you’re done taking pictures you could help me out? Seriously…I just came by to talk.”

Earlier today, as I was doing the daily chores, I heard the chickens begin to raise a racket. Sometimes they get vocal and then calm down after a minute or two, so I didn’t pay it any mind at first. Then the dogs joined in earnest so I went to investigate. As I rounded the corner of the house I could see all the girls huddled up by the gate to the run and the dogs in hackles. All these critters were saying the same thing, “There’s something in the run!” Grabbing a pitch fork from the compost bin for protection, I went around the backside of the coop and discovered the fine creature you see dangling in the photo. Since the bird was not flailing about much I decided to grab some shots with my phone before I set about releasing it. We have four foot metal fencing around the open section of the run with seven feet of wildlife netting above that. I just used the trees as posts so the run has an irregular shape and blends in with the surrounding woods. I have never seen a bird get caught in it. This one didn’t appear to be altogether tangled I just think it didn’t want to let go of the net while hanging upside down. After a few glamour shots I went back to the house to get gloves and a camera operator to video the upcoming release (potential funniest home video!)  As we came back around the hawk was flying off through the woods no worse for wear. No idea how I would have gone about releasing it, but I’m glad I didn’t have to find out. Everybody lived to see another day. Did the hawk learn a lesson? I hope so.

One thought on “Chicken Hawk Training School. FAIL.

  1. Well I certainly hope the hawk learned a lesson, for everyone involved! I bet it’s happy you were shooting with a camera instead of something else. 🙂

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