We have had our two chickens (10 months old and laying an egg each most days) for about a month - a Rhode Island Red and a Silver Laced Wyandotte. My brother raised them from chicks. They have adapted to their coop and our backyard wonderfully. We generally let them down into the covered run area of the coop early in the morning and let them have the run of the backyard while at least one of us is out in the afternoon for a few hours. The backyard is enclosed by a privacy fence, and they have great foraging opportunities. Two days ago the ladies got very vocal and upset - we think a hawk flew over and spooked them. Rosie hid under the storage shed, and Lucy got under our fig trees. Yesterday, while they were in their run area, the hawk (very large) perched on the roof of the coop for several minutes. My husband went out, and she flew up into a pine tree nearby. When he came in, she again perched on the coop. He went back out and had to get very close to her (6 ft or less) before she flew away. Now we are afraid to let the ladies out of the run even while we are in the backyard. (It is about 1/3 acre.) We think that the hawk may be in a migration to warmer climates and wonder if there is any information about how long that can last and when it might be safe to let them out again. Thanks!