Hawk in our Chook Yard in Galston.
My husband, who was working in the back garden, heard a commotion in our chickens' pen and saw a hawk in there. I was amazed to see the size of it! Our chickens' yard is wire covered so it must have squeezed in via a very small space near the fence of the outer yard . Our 4 chickens were noisy - yes - but when I saw the hawk, all it was doing was trying to get out, not hurt our birds.
We had to remove it so we found some corrugated iron, opened the door and put the iron in the lower half of the doorway so that our chickens couldn't walk out and hopefully wouldn't fly out. Next, how to get the hawk to that doorway? My husband turned the hose on and tried to move the hawk the right way but that only upset it more and drenched the poor bird. The hawk was now frantic. A new tactic needed to be found.
We found an old bread crate and my hubby went in to push it through and towards the doorway. This worked. It flew out and up into the Jacaranda next door. The funny thing then was that it hung upside down for what seemed an age. I even wondered if it had caught it's claw and needed rescuing again. Suddenly though, it upturned and sat there on the branch (maybe it had needed the drip- drying time ) before flying off a few minutes later. We have been told it is most likely a juvenile Brown Goshawk .
From Christine Stockman.