So tonight just like the past few weeks I go out about an hour before sunset and let my bantams out of their run to get some exercise and a chance to catch some bugs. I'd just opened the door and all the birds had come flooding out and were gathered at my feet all excited to be free. Suddenly there was this explosion of feathers.. Birds flying everywhere squawking crazily. Out of the corner of my eye I had seen something zip by my head and off through the bushes. I thought it was just one of the chickens but quickly realized it was a hawk that had literally snagged a bantam practically out of my hand. I ran over and found the hawk with the partridge Cochin in its talons in the grass about 50 feet away. I hollered at it and it tried to fly away with he chicken but dropped it instead. I thought it was dead.. Limp and not moving..a little blood was on my hand. Slowly it perked up and eventually over a few minutes appeared to recover. Minutes later the hawk was terrorizing a wire cage full of silkies right at the front door of my house. The thing was fearless. I couldn't believe a wild bird would practically snatch a bantam out of my hand. Lesson learned. Something is always after my stuff!