I've had a hawk problem in the last month or so. Never noticed hawks around here before, but lately when I drive along the road to work I see hawks in pairs sitting on fences about every half mile. Way too many! Unfortunately, they like my chickens. So far they've killed two hens and a large (9lb) Buff Orpington rooster. Since then, I've had to keep my chickens confined to the coop and a covered 20ftx10ft run. Eventually I'm going to put bird net or some other covering over the larger outer run (2000 sqiare feet), but I haven't found the time.
I tried hanging CD's from wires, and the hawk got my rooster anyway. I've tried a scarecrow, but no effect. Since the hawks are gun-shy, I've thought of making a fake shotgun out of wood to add to my scarecrow, but haven't gotten there yet. I asked a guy at church what he does about the problem, and his response was "I just shoot them." Legal, but not easy. I work nights, and so being up in the morning during "peak hawk time" is a problem. Also, they are gun-shy and won't let me in shotgun range if I'm carrying one.
So what do you do? Is bird-netting the whole outer run the only way to go?