Not wanting to start any kerfuffle over the hawk thread that was closed..... I did want to ask a question. Can anyone give me a clear idea of the difference between a coopers and a sharp shinned hawk? I have had a raptor that looks like the one in the pic on the closed thread bathing in my turtle pond in my backyard but I thought it was a sharp shinned hawk. I had that confirmed by one of my clients, a retired fish and game guy, who said he was pretty sure it was a sharpie but that they look a lot like a coopers. So how exactly does one tell the difference? Are the sharp shins as likely to take a chicken as the coopers? How about kestrals? I have never seen one take anything larger than a sparrow or a finch off of my feeder but now Im wondering if I have to worry about the pair living the in the tree next door. I am planning on getting pretty large chickens........... kind of leaning towards Australorps thanks to all the advice here so I was thinking I didnt have to worry about the sharp shin but now Im thinking differently.