Well after 2 years of no predators we have a big old hawk hanging about. I was surprised at how big it is! The day before Christmas he swooped down and almost caught one of our two silkies. Luckily they saw him coming and ran into the bushes. Since it was right in front of the glass back door we saw the whole thing and have kept them inside their little run since then. Then this morning I heard a racket from the big coop and saw the same hawk sitting on the corner of the run. Our run is 90% covered, will be 100% covered by tomorrow. My neighbor told me the owls and hawks are having a tough time this winter due to a draught and less little critters about. Sigh. OK my question is about my garden. Our chickens have a large covered run next to the garden. We are in the process of building a chicken moat for them to use all year. In the late fall to spring I have a little door I open to give the chickens the run of the garden. My garden is not covered. Is there anything we could do to deter a hawk over the garden? It is too big to cover with wire mesh or even bird cloth without having to put up posts and make some sort of frame. Any ideas? Should we look into trying to put up some boards on concrete blocks to make hiding areas for the chickens? Any other advice? Thanks!