Originally Posted by jerrey
it sounds like you spend a lot more time then I do what do you do with so many chickens, I keep trying to fix there fence better and safer
Some of my involvement with chickens is decidely work related. I work at Lincoln U. in animal science. The chickens are used as educational tools at field day events and in classroom settings (see link below). Birds used for such are extremely high value owing to investments in taming. Others are part of long-term, very long-term breeding projects. A few are used for 4-H projects.
Consider thinking beyond that single fence. Look into ways you can have an additional barrier / layer the predator contacts first. I have fences to be sure but other methods are employed inside and outside that obvious electrified poultry netting. I have an electrified perimeter of hotwire around most of poultry yard and I mow a strip around that. The abrupt change in plant covers serves as warning to all that they are entering into a managed / claimed area. Those mowing help direct my dogs patrolling habits that increase their apparent presence to predators on the ground. Inside the poultry netting I have numerous pens. Birds inside pens are enouraged to roost at least 4 feet up as young as possible. I also invest effort in keeping chickens roosting free and clear of areas that predators like owls can reach. With my setup hawks are simply not an issue which is largely due to ample cover and adult roosters. Dogs and my efforts should not be discounted either.
The efforts linked below you or someone you know may have seen.
Roosters for such generally kept free-range near house where I have seen numerous interactions with hawks and other predators. The house based harem also live in close contact with dogs that base activities on front porch.. Until recently I had those harems either roosting on front porch or in garage (see thread linked below). That has been stopped to make room for proper garage use. In early stages predator management was decidely "loosy-goosy".
Woodcock are calling gott run.