Even though I am litterally 20 minutes outside NYC I have every predator you can think of all wanting a nice fresh chicken dinner and frankly I am not inclined to share. Seriously though I know people who live much farther upstate and dont have the problems I have. So far I have been able to count 4 cooper hawks, 2 red foxes, countless raccoons, my own 2 outdoor cats (they are the easiest to keep away) My boy friends 2 dogs (one by mistakely killed 2 chickens last year one which was then burried feet end up in my sons playset cedar chips until I located it (thank God ds did not see) Skunks, owls and more. It is really the hawks that bother me most there have been a few close calls but i managed to not loose any chickens to them. Is there anyway to let my chickens free range or is that a hopeless cause? I do it sometimes when I can walk around with them and keep them safe but I always invisioned them roaming the yard (it is fenced in with 6 foot fence) But know if I do that I will loose them to the hawks. My boyfriend wants to shoot them but I wont let him kill anything we wont eat. So that is out of the question.