I was in the coop just now when there was a huge commotion out in the run and all of my 19 week old girls booked it into the coop, slamming into each other to try and get through the door. They all went into the far back corner of the coop and piled up together, a bunch of them were singing the egg song too (hadn't really heard it before!) I went outside and didn't see anything except a few geese flying overhead, so I figured they were just being chicken... until I went to leave, walked around the corner of the coop and saw what I think was a red-tailed hawk perched on the fence surrounding their run. I thought it was a chicken at first glance because it was about the same size (maybe a little larger), but then I looked at its face - and ran back to the coop to do a head count! Fortunately everyone made it inside and is fine, though pretty traumatized. I'm wondering if a hawk this size will harm my chickens? They normally have access to the (uncovered) run surrounding their coop during the day - will hawks follow chickens into a coop, or would my girls be safe as long as they can run inside? It's not really feasible to cover the run, we're renting our place right now and the landlord is sort of a PITA. I don't want to keep my girls cooped up, but I also don't want to open up a hawk buffet just as they're finally getting ready to earn their keep! We have a lot of rabbits, mice etc around here (though I haven't seen so many rabbits this week, come to think of it...) so I doubt this hawk is desperate for food. Would it help to keep the girls cooped up for a couple days? I'm thinking the hawk might find another place to hang out if it doesn't see chickens for a while... anyone have any experience with this?