Originally Posted by amyeca
I am new to having chickens my girls are about 6 months old this past week I believe a hawk took my sweet Loretta she has gone missing without a trace
I use to let them free range when we were home but no more and I feel our run is too small for 5 hens / any thoughts or suggestions - I have lived in my home for 13 years and have seen a hawk only a few times
So sorry to hear that!
Hard to know what took her; could you possibly have coyotes, or other ground, daytime predators?
A large raptor-hawk could have taken her.
Knowing the types of possible predators in your area can help with prevention.
In any case, you often don't see hawks, because they spend a lot of time sitting in a nearby tree, camouflaged.
If you can't expand on your current run, is there any way you can create another secondary outside run area just for daytime?
Whether you expand your current run, or add a separate area, you can prevent hawk attacks (if you are pretty sure you don't have ground predators during the day), but not worry about making it super secure because you won't be using it at night.
I did this with U posts, deer fencing walls, and poultry netting over the top, and have a 'chicken tunnel' connecting my coop run to this area, because it is not adjacent to my coop/run.