Well the hawk finally attacked the hens yesterday around 5-6pm.Ofcourse at that exact moment I was at house locking the gate by the driveway.I heard the hens and thought they were just fighting. By the time I got there I saw 3 hens in the corner of the plastic fencing,and the bird netting pushed all the way to the ground. My son(8) was yelling that it was the hawk,and that it was sitting on the neighbor's garage night light. After counting all the girls I went over and looked at it.Probably a foot or more tall and quite stocky looking. I yelled but that did not bother it in the least.It was the red shouldered hawk.I have old pics of it on my picasa page. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-shouldered_Hawk/lifehistory I am glad the netting was loose.Had it been tight I think the hawk would have flew through it.To bad it did not get tangled.I will add more bird netting, and will no longer be walking away from the run to putter around the yard.Poor girls stayed in the shed so I just locked them up for the night.The hawk perches in the huge trees in the neighbors yards that look down on my open yard. I know about the laws.I have not forgotten about my neighbors fine,though I still would like to find him and ask about that fine as other neighbors have given a fine range now-$500 to 5k for killing the hawk.Gossip is so annoying.Regardless I have to say when your hens are under attack(and mintues after) all that rational thinking gets muddled by the urge to protect your flock.The neighbors got quite a show if they saw my after the attack. I was all over the yard following that bird.All I could think of was wringing its neck. All the food around and it has to go for my girls. I hope my girls will be OK until I can build a REALLY secure run. The run is probably the best option.It stinks that I can not free range them in my fenced acre yard.Even if that specific hawk was gone I am sure another would take its place.And these hawks stay year round.Time to go look at runs and figure out how I can make a covered one for a low cost. I hate that hawk.I hate the laws that protect it.So thankful no one was killed or injured.I have 8 hens and each is special to the kids.Glad my ds did not try to fight the hawk! Vent over.