Today was the first day I let out the older hens to do a little free ranging. We were right there next to their run and they were wandering around the garden and next to the barn. After about an hour, or less I saw a hawk swoop just behind the barn. Smart chickens though. They never saw him but when I told them to go to the coop, the ran. I guess they could hear the panic in my voice. So much for free ranging. We have a total of 30 and were hoping that they could wander around during the day. Now it's obvious they can only be out with strict supervision. I have to say that something seems to be going on around my neck of the woods. I have seen more hawks this spring than I have in the whole five years I've lived here combined.