I came home today to find a half eaten juvenile chicken next to my shed. I'm assuming it was a hawk since it happened between the hours of 8am and 4pm. I've lost some tiny chicks to again what i assume are hawks since they disappear completely during the day. But i have never had one make a meal of my larger chickens. Only one side of the chicken was eaten. The rest was fairy intact. The odd thing is this chicken ws next to my shed under 2 pine trees. I have a wide open field in the middle of my yard and that is where I would expect to the find such a thing. I doubt they dropped it from the tree because it was pretty heavy when I picked it up, even with half of it gone and the hawks around here aren't very impressive in size. I was thinking it could also be a cat but I never had a problem with those and the kill didn't look very messy. I'm actually not sure how the chicken was killed. I guess it was eaten alive? Does anyone know of a way to deter hawks? This worries me now because I have a few new chicks and ducklings in the brooder that will be going out in the next month or so. I don't want a hawk to come and think he has his meals set for the winter. Apparently this one was pretty bold to take down one of my larger birds. Some of my other chickens were picking at the body when I found it .I hope they didn't kill it!