I'm new to this chicken thing (as of May) and the hawks have come twice now in the last week. Not successful, but still frightening. My question is this - can I shoot the hawks? I've been looking at slingshots. Maybe some kind of scatter shot. It's illegal to kill them, right? But if I just hurt them will they go away and not come back? I want to hurt them and protect my babies, send a clear message. Maybe break their kneecaps, if you know what I mean. Not liking hawks right now.