I've got my chicken run totally protected from above with avian netting. As it gets closer to school being out though, I'm thinking about letting my chickens free-range in the backyard. Since we have a pool, we will be outside most of the day and can watch for the hawks. (I figure with all the noisy children around, it would scare off anything!) However, at some point we'll have to go inside and eat or take afternoon naps and since my chickens aren't rounded up easily, putting them up will take forever. And, I cannot leave two young children at the pool while I do this. I'm wondering about all those people who wrote in and said that they protected their chickens as they free-ranged with CDs and mirrors . . . did this work? Have you had any fatalities since putting up the shiny objects? I've also wondered about scattering round mirrors around on the ground. Please write back since I've only got 8 more days until summer break!!!!