I know people have roosters to protect their flocks. I can't have a rooster where I live so that is not an option. For the most part, I keep my 7 hens inside a predator protected run and let them out into the big garden for about an hour every afternoon. I know we have Coopers Hawks in the area and I know a Coopers will go after a chicken. After all, they are called "chicken hawks". Anyway, the girls were out yesterday and I stepped into the garage to wash my hands and I heard my alpha hen, a 7.5 lb Jersey Giant, start to bawgawk. Not really loud or aggressively. I thought maybe there was a squirrel on the fence. They hate squirrels. Anyway, I dried my hands and went outside and HOLY $#@$ there's a Coopers Hawk on the telephone line right above them looking down at them. The three BO's and three Andalusians sought cover under a dense tree but my Jersey Girl was out in the open. She was standing really tall and making direct eye contact w/ the hawk like, I see you and I don't like you. It took every bone in my body to resist yelling or running out there so I stood still in the doorway to watch what would happen. The hawk watched them for about two minutes all the while my JG keep making her bawgawk sound and looking at the hawk and then the hawk flew off. My BO's are pretty big so they might be too big for a Coopers Hawk. But the Andalusians are just 12 weeks old and still quite small. And one is white and you can spot her from space she's so bright. So it got me thinking, that was some rather aggressive posturing from my JG. Perhaps the hawk thought she was a rooster? She got a handful of meal worms for bring such a good girls. I love her to pieces.