Babies getting picked off by Falcons?

Discussion in 'Mini Mania' started by Sara, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. Sara

    Sara New Member

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    Oct 4, 2007
    Ellensburg, WA
    Howdy!
    I'm worried about letting Aspen and Clover (1 month old Nigerian Dwarf bucklings) out during the day when I'm not around, because of the Falcons we have around here. Do you think that they would get picked off now that they are around 8.5 lbs?
     
  2. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    Well it is possible,but I do believe the mom's would really give them a run for their money. I have not had any taken but I have lost a lot of cats.
     

  3. Di

    Di Crazy Goat Lady

    Jan 29, 2008
    central PA
    You know my hubby is convinced we had a small dog (8lbs) taken by a big owl, out of our back yard a couple of years ago. That was at night (their last potty break) with 2 other dogs out there with her. I think I just herd a full grown Bald Eagle can carry up to 40lbs. Don't know about Falcons.

    It must be like letting your children walk to school for the first time (do they do that anymore?). You let them go, but you follow them for a week or two, hiding behind bushes all the way.

    At some point you have to let them be goats. See how brave I can be since mine are just born and definately too young to go out yet!

    Let us know how that goes! Di
     
  4. Muddy Creek Farm

    Muddy Creek Farm New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Keokuk, Iowa
    I have a 7 pound dog and a 3 and a half pound. Needless to say I am terrified of them getting "abducted" when they are outside.
     
  5. Frozenloc2

    Frozenloc2 New Member

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    Jan 12, 2008
    Northern Maryland
    A friend of mines yorkie got abducted by a hawk. Took him a mile down the road and dropped him. Luckily he was ok but needless to say hes not let out unsupervised anymore. Hawks/falcons take chickens alot. I believe if they are hungry enough and brave enough they will take anything they can carry and that would be the kids also. I'm not sure though that they would come down when there's bigger sized animals around meaning the mom and herd so I wouldn't feel worried. My biggest fear is the darn foxes around here where I live. I keep my babies locked up at night for a few weeks.
     
  6. morganslil1

    morganslil1 New Member

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    Nov 12, 2007
    north carolina
    Oh boy something new to worry about....I counted 13 hawks a week or so ago I was thinking how glad I am that I had finished my chicken coops...it didnt occur to me that kids could be carried off. :doh:
     
  7. enjoytheride

    enjoytheride New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Humboldt Co Ca
    We have Bald Eagles, Red Shoulder and Red Tail Hawks, etc here- they will hunt the chickens around but I have never seen them show any interest in the goat babies- but My goat babies are larger than yours.
     
  8. Sara

    Sara New Member

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    Oct 4, 2007
    Ellensburg, WA
    We have bald eagles, golden eagles, red tailed hawks etc etc

    Yeah they've been okay and they're really fast with lots of things to hide under, I just would be devastated to say the least if they got kidnapped by some bird.
     
  9. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I never feared my kids being taken by a prey bird til last summer! We have smaller falcons and red-tail hawks here but the most I 've ever seen them take is a rabbit. I had a very big issue with Turkey Vultures! If you have ever seen one, they are the UGLIEST bird I have ever seen! AND THEY ARE MASSIVE! I used to stand watch over my kids with a 12 gauge when those nasty things would fly over..taunting me, I was told not to worry though because they don't kill, they eat whatever is already dead...I still made feathers fly though!
     
  10. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    i used to have pygmies and one of the reasons i sold them was because we have so many birds of prey areound here. We have bald and golden eagles red tailed hawks falcons osprey great horned and screch owls barn owls....
    i was terrified my little babies would get taken. Now i am more assured as my babies come out weighing eight to seventeen lbs. by the time they are good on their feet and ready to go from the big kid stall to the outside run by themselves they are between fifteen and twenty. I take them outside the stall during nice weather, but i dont leave new babies outside by themselves. This is another reason we have electric fences, we also have fox coyotes neighborhood dogs and raccoons. I feel if they are brave enough to go after my chickens they wouldnt hesitate with a baby goat.
    beth
     
  11. goathappy

    goathappy New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Illinois
    There was a discussion on a Yahoo list a couple months ago about babies getting picked off, and they said its actually ravens that are the worse for taking kids. We have a TON of hawks around here and we've never had a problem(knock on wood) with them carrying babies off.