Good morning everyone! My family and I got our first 5 chickens last week and have had more fun watching them, gwtting to know them, collecting eggs, etc. Who knew chickens could be so entertaining?! I have a bunch of questions that, until I found this site, had no idea who to ask! So here goes! First, today we were visited by a hungry hawk who managed to get 2 of our girls (one a favorite of my kids ). I am really not sure what to do to protect against hawks. We have since strung some cd's in the yard as someone told me the shining would deter predators from above. Any other suggestions would be great! My next question ids actually brought on by my first. We also read that getting a rooster would help keep the girls safe. While we do live in an area we can have a rooster in, we do have close neighbors and I really dont want to bother them. How loud are roosters, really? Do you think blacking out the windows in the coop so we can control wake up time more would be helpful? I'm not trying to get then to sleep until non our anything (I have 4 kids, noon stoppedbeing an option a long time ago!), just 7 ish would be great. Amd if we do get a rooster, how would we go about introducing him to the flock? Hmm, I think that might be all I have for now... Thanks for the help and your time!