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New Aerial Predator to worry about
« on: March 15, 2017, 06:21:19 AM »
When I let my 4 hens out, I am always out there with them.  Watching for dogs, hawks and any other threats that might pose a problem.
A couple of small dogs ran at them once, and they scattered one time when a hawk appeared way off in the distance, but other than that, no issues......until yesterday.
About 5pm yesterday, we had an Air Force C-130 up from North Little Rock, practicing Touch-and-Go landings at the Fayetteville airport.
That bird was basically circling over our house at about 500', or so it seemed, and did this for over 2 hours. 
My chickens were out and not phased, but all of a sudden, BOOM!   They scattered like a bomb went off.
It was that C-130 coming from over the mountain about a mile away, but coming right at them.   
Only thing I could figure, it appeared like the silhouette of a hawk.  It was the funniest thing I had seen with them.
Of course I couldn't hear the plane yet, and after running out to expect to see a dog our something in the middle of them, there comes the Air Force, right at us.
So, add C-130's to your watch list for your chickens.
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Re: New Aerial Predator to worry about
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2017, 09:25:28 AM »
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Re: New Aerial Predator to worry about
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2017, 10:36:53 AM »
Wow! That is freaky indeed.
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Re: New Aerial Predator to worry about
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2017, 06:00:36 PM »
A C-130 Gunship is a mean machine..  I guess chickens know that..  :D :D :D
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Re: New Aerial Predator to worry about
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2017, 05:55:35 AM »
WDog, I agree. 
Our son jumps out of those and some other plane as well.  He is with the 82nd Airborne out of Ft. Bragg, NC.
I wondered if he were secretly planning a jump on those cluckheads :-X
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Re: New Aerial Predator to worry about
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2017, 06:49:39 PM »
We are only 7 miles from the Peason Ridge firing range.  There is always artillery and air strike action there at least 3 times a week.  The chickens are used tot eh booming of the ordinance and the roar of the jets.  Haven't seen a C-130 in a few years.

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Re: New Aerial Predator to worry about
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2017, 06:41:42 PM »
There is an air unit, I believe in the US Army called the "flying chickens". My understanding is that the name came about because the Vietnamese have no word for eagle!
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Re: New Aerial Predator to worry about
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2017, 08:07:14 AM »
Now that makes me smile, Kinda gives a new view to the term chicken hawk.
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Re: New Aerial Predator to worry about
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2017, 06:54:10 AM »
Well, I know this post is a few months old, but I'll need to add to the C-130 as an aerial predator....
Up here in NW Arkansas, (Fayetteville) this week is the annual Wal*Mart Shareholders meeting.
It has been going on all week and will finish Saturday.   Usually there will be a Fuji blimp or other blimp flying around this area during the last few days of the meeting.
I am sure if a blimps slips up on my area, my chickens will probably just throw in the towel and keel over. :P
It would be funny though if it did fly over and my cluckheads got an eye on it.
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Re: New Aerial Predator to worry about
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2017, 08:44:23 AM »
Our farm is about 10 or 12 miles south of the Terre Haute airport, an there used to be a Indiana air national guard fighter wing stationed at the airport. In the mid to late 50's we used to occasionally get fighter jets breaking the sound barrier out this way, which got the chickens all excited.   Up until a few years ago we still had fly overs from fighter jets but the wing was moved out an so only on occasion when the fly in to do touch an goes do we get to see them any more. 
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