I have never had a black bear bother my chickens except to sit and watch them. Over the last two nights, I have had 2 and 3 black bears in my yard at a time. I have no idea why all of the sudden. I have been staying awake laying in bed with my shoes on and flashlight in hand to run outside when I hear them and chase them away. I cannot do this anymore as I am exhausted. Do black bears really pose a threat to my chickens? Or are they after the chicken food? Has anyone had any encounters good or bad with black bears? Please share. Thanks.