Hi - just subscribed, pretty upset. Our backyard flock of easter-eggers is 10 months old. Husband let the girls outside to roam, leaving small door to the pen open. He says he left them for only 5 minutes, came back out and heard them upset inside the pen - he goes to the pen and there is a hawk inside, clinging to the wall (he thought it was a chicken at first!). He goes inside and the hawk flies out the small door. He said the hawk (red tail) did not have a chicken, and he watched it fly off and perch a few houses down. But afterwards, he could not find one of the chickens.
We looked and looked for an hour, assuming she must have run off. It may be possible the hawk came back and got her in the time he came inside and told me? A hawk wouldn't stash a chicken (or drop it) and then come back and try for another in a matter of minutes would it?
Odds she survived? Frustrating, not knowing.