A couple of days ago, I posted about losing one of our hens to a mysterious and serious neck wound which caused us to have to cull her. This morning the wife and I were sitting at the dining room table enjoying each others company and our morning cup of java when we heard a hawk's call. At the moment, we weren't sure it was a hawk, but we knew it to be a large bird and close. We looked to to the south of our kitchen and saw a huge bird in a tree overlooking our coop. At this point, our hens were ranging freely outside and heard and probably saw the hawk and scattered quickly for cover where ever they could find it. We went outside pretty fast to scare the bird off, which we did. As it took off, I immediately had the thought about our hen wounded earlier in the week. This has always been a concern for me, predatory birds, as we usually have a lot of bald eagles around. This year, I haven't seen that many eagles, or hawks for that matter. But the return of this hawk has me a little spooked about free ranging our birds. Besides killing the hawk, any recommendations? In my state, I think only the DNR can kill a nuisance hawk and they are not likely to do it for a "hobby" egg producer.