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Old 04-04-2015, 03:10 PM
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I have had my birds for a few years now.
I have had them sitting outside a few times, mostly to rinse the cage out in warm weather, giving the birds a shower.

Since I got the big flight cage, they haven't been outside, but got their fresh air and sun shine by the patio door.

Did it again today, it has been raining, a couple of cold snaps, so I took the chance this afternoon to open the door, slide the cage in the opening. I have done so many times....

Today - we are in the living room, watching TV, a sudden commotion.

A big brown bird is hanging on the outside of the cage, rattling the cage quite a bit.

Seems we have a hawk.....
This means, should I actually get some chickens for the back yard, I better invest into good protection....

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Old 04-04-2015, 05:33 PM
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Bird's of prey can ruin your day. I live in a rural area, and my backyard is bordered by a good size wood's, so when I take my budgies out for fresh air and sunshine I sit right by them. Good luck with chicken's, probably have to keep them in a big coop/pen...
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I mean, the cage is inside, just right by the door.
That was certainly a new experience.

The chicken deal is probably a brain **** though.

Oh, and I live in Suburbia....not quite manicured everything, but pretty close!
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Thank goodness you got to the cage before that hawk got to your budgies!

We live in the suburbs about 12 miles outside of Washington DC but are by a private golf course.
There are lots of hawks, foxes, racoons, etc. in the vicinity.

I won't put my cages outside unless I'm right there with them.
I've had hawks land on the fence in the backyard and even with the patio doors closed it makes me nervous that they can SEE my budgies!
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Hawks live in my condo complex and they have even flown into my window trying to get my budgies. Whenever I take the birds onto my balcony for sunning sessions, I sit outside to supervise them. The hawks are afraid of people.

I'm glad your birds are okay.
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So glad your birds are okay. Thanks for a good lesson for the rest of us. I'm embarrassed to say that I used to take my clipped birds outside for fresh air and sunshine. Reading up on it (here and elsewhere), I stopped doing that and they have a flight cage that they can relax in while I sit next to them and enjoy the outdoors. Again, I'm glad it wasn't worse than it was!
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Last fall i had a mean looking bat eyeing my babies
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I am so glad you were able to be there, The Hawks are looking for a cheap meal which I guess we can not blame them in reality. I have experienced this sad situation with a not happy ending hence my bird live inside now and I do as you all do supervise any outside time.
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I had a hawk dive bomb me once. Scary as heck. They have to look like mothra to a budgie
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