I had a great year last year. I lost none of my babies to predators. This year has been awful. They figured out where to take food now. I got two batches of chicks this year a total of 25 or so I think. I had foxes snatching them up after I got that under control we had hawks snatching them up. So between the normal random dying, foxes 4 of them drowning and hawks. I'm down to 5 from the first batch and 2 out of 16 from the second batch also they got a duckling.
I've learned my lesson now. Rough year. I'm devastated by the loss but grateful for the 30+ that are still with us. I thought we were safe like last year but unfortunately not. Those predators have it figured out now.
There's nothing like chickies wandering around the yard looking for bugs and worms.
The secret gets out sooner or later. EVERYONE likes chicken. Afterall, it tastes like... chicken!