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Kentucky Color - Ol' Chickenhawk

A classic Billy Joe Fudge Kentucky Color of an unforgettable Adair County woman, his Ma Emma Jessie Fudge successfully battling a predator, always ending with a triumphant after battling warning: And if you want more of the same just show up around here again and we'll be having you for supper
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By Billy Joe Fudge

The mature Red-tailed hawk was historically referred to by our forefathers as a "Chickenhawk". I can still see my Ma, Emma Jessie Fudge, standing on the front porch of the old homeplace pulling the trigger on my Pa Fudge's 22 caliber Remington automatic rifle in an attempt to kill, maim or at least scare away a Chickenhawk screeching and circling above.


Not only do I remember the rapid-fire of the 22 blazing up into the Toria blue sky but I remember the "blessing down" Ma gave that Ol' Chickenhawk. It went something like this, "And if you want more of the same just show up around here again and we'll be having you for supper".

Once the battle ended there was an eerie silence left over from all the commotion. Not a person, bird, animal of any kind including a chicken was to be seen or heard. I still am not sure if they had slipped under cover to escape the talons of the perfect predator or for protection from the pounds of falling lead. Maybe both.


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Kentucky Color: Old Chickenhawk



2012-02-25 - Sparksville, Adair Co., KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
The Red Tailed Hawk is a protected species today, but it was the sworn enemy of mothers raising chickens to feed their families. It was that way on Sparks Ridge, Billy Joe Fudge recalls. "I can still see my Ma, Emma Jessie Fudge, standing on the front porch of the old homeplace pulling the trigger on my Pa Fudge's 22 caliber Remington automatic rifle in an attempt to kill, maim or at least scare away a Chickenhawk screeching and circling above," he writes.

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