If I can see hawks in the area is it always a threat? We have an enclosed coop and covered run, but we fenced in an area around the let them free range a bit. This outer area is not covered. I see hawks every day as we live adjacent to a large field. I know there are people all around us in this area that free range their chickens. My poor chickens enjoyed 2 days of roaming freely then I spotted the hawks, and now I am scared, so I have them cooped up again.... The area is too large to cover easily with netting, but is this my best option? Poor hubby spent the weekend putting up welded wire fencing and now I'm not sure we can let them enjoy it I dont know why but I am unable to respond to this thread, so I am using the edit funtion to respond to all of your advice: thanks to all you have been very helpful. Yesterday I ordered some bird nettting for when I choose to let them out in this contained area. Until then I am going to watch them like a "hawk" so to speak when I let them out. I cant tell what species we have around here but I do know they are abundant. I live adjacent to a very large field that is lined with tall pine trees and I'm pretty sure that is where they nest. But like I said I see free ranging chickens within a 1/2 mile of here every day. Maybe I will get out some binoculars and see if I can determine what kind of hawks we have. I'm confused a bit by the crow remarks, we also have many crows around here, do they co-exist in the same territory?