We've had some brave hawks too. They just sit there in the tree and stare at you. I hate them too but I could never kill one. It is against the law to kill one. I've always heard the 3 SSS's when it comes to hawks. Shoot, Shovel, and shut up.
I'm sorry for your loss of your chicken Garner. I know how hard it is to lose one especially the favorite.
Take care and have a great day.
I have heard that phrase too Patty but I could not kill one either. We had a huge Red Tail sitting up in the tree day before yesterday. My oldest rooster was pitching a fit all the chickens went into hiding most of my ducks just sat and looked up. I think this hawk is a resident here it usually has it's mate and a youngster with it all I saw this day was the one. That was enough.