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  1. Heather D.

    I can see how this could happen. Hopefully the judge won’t think to make an example out of the man since it sounds as though it was a mistake (although the fact that the bird was previously shot in the knee makes it appear to be habit for this fellow to shoot any birds near his farm.)

  2. Vicci

    Unless PA is vastly different from other states it is illegal to kill hawks unless you are Native American.

  3. Carol

    Scarecrows don’t work on birds, even crows, very well because they figure out it isn’t real. Plus hawks and larger birds don’t have as much wariness of people as smaller birds. There really isn’t much way to stop them if they persist in catching chickens. Killing them is about it, unfortunately. I grew up on and still live on a farm with chickens and never heard of any better way. If someone else out there has any ideas that do work I’d love to hear them also.

  4. Barb Wright

    As far as I know,there isn’t a good way to prevent the occasional chicken theft. I have lost a few to hawks over the years. Hawks and eagles are both federally protected. My hubby is a licensed taxidermist,so he knows the laws..and those ones are strictly enforced! As a response to Vicci..we are in PA and as I said,hawks are protected by the federal govt. so it is a crime here as well.

  5. Gert

    There is this really neat invention called ‘chicken wire’.

  6. Turtle Mom

    The Federal Migratory Bird Act protects hawks, eagles and most other birds, with just a few exceptions. I hope the Judge throws the book at this idiot! He ought to be thankful he isn’t being prosecuted at the Federal level or for killing the hawks, as well. If you don’t want your chickens to get eaten by birds of prey, keep them in an enclosed area. Otherwise, expect to lose some of them. The eagle and the hawk are only doing what is completely natural.

  7. Karen

    Unfortunately, ignorance is not an excuse for this young man. He needs to protect his chickens from the raptor, not the other way around. We have chickens and we protect them from predators by providing an enclosed chicken yard and putting them in the barn at night.


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