There was a family of hawks nesting in the woods at the back of our property. We free range our birds in our fenced in backyard. They do have a covered run attatched to their coop but not a sliver of greenery ever grows in there now. Last thanksgiving this young pair of hawks killed my sweet little call duck hen. This year they are bigger, badder and 100% FEARLESS of me! For the past 2 days I have been standing out in the yard for hours on end watching their antics. They have a heck of a strategy, both fly off in the distance, a little while later one comes flying by the coop screaming to distract the chickens while the other comes in for the kill silent as a mouse. And then there is me standing out there like I just escaped the nut house waiving my pitch fork screaming at them..... I have had no losses thus far but it is bound to happen and soon! It is so frusterating not being able to take these hawks out. Now the birds are only allowed to range in the backyard when I am home and available to stand guard. The crows have been very helpful in chasing the hawks away but it is usually short lived and the crows take off to go about their day the hawks come right back. Just a few minutes ago I heard the birds sound the alarm and sure enough there sat one of the hawks maybe 10 ft up in the tree eyeballing my seramas grazing in the compost!!! Out of all the farm land around here and empty fields you would think mice ect would be abundant but these little jerks have a taste for chicken now. I have several hiding spots set up in the yard for the birds to dive under when the hawks move in and so far it has worked great. Last year we only had the 1 loss and I contribute that to the fact that the duck just learned to fly and was testing out her new wings I hadn't gotten a chance to clip them before they got her. I have tried hanging CD's from the trees and that doesn't work. What do those of you who choose to free range your flock do about the hawks??? The backyard is over half acre so netting over the yard is out of the question.