We have 3 pair of hawks residing in my neighbors and our back yard. 2 sets are red tails, I'm unsure what the smaller set it. Anyways, every single time my neighbors let's her flock out to free range, the red tail set/s circle above her flock each and every time. She carries a stick in hand in case of a future attack. Her barred rock hen was attacked, but unharmed. I'm a little shocked she still let's them out. I'd be afraid of losing one, especially my bantam. My girls are pretty happy in their coop and run so far. They have been pretty quiet and always taking dirt baths. I sprout alfalfa and sunflower for them and I'm getting nice deep orange yolks. Will these hawks always hang out for the rest of the season? In the summer, we rarely see or even hear the hawks. There must be better food elsewhere. I'd love to let my babies out, but not when it's so unsafe. Their run in covered in plastic, so the ground never froze inside. I can keep the water out there too, during the daytime. These hawks will leave wont they? Once it's spring? I do miss letting my girls eat bugs, luckily they are frozen right now.