The past few weeks I have had several hawk attacks resulting in dead or lost birds. At first, I didn't know what it was, but narrowed it down to either a cat or hawk, since it was during the day. Yesterday I heard a commotion near the coop, so I rushed outside to investigate, to find my chickens terrified and running for cover, and a hawk sitting on the ground munching on one of my pullets. It flew away when it saw me, but still had my pullet clutched in its talons. Today I strung a rope and many strands of fishing line across the open area of the chicken yard (there is too much area for avian netting) and added some cover for them in the more open areas of the yard. Tomorrow I will make a scarecrow and maybe soon get a fake owl (not sure if it will work but worth a try). The one big problem is, there are several telephone poles for electricity lines all the way across my property, and one is directly in front of the open area. I suspect that the hawk is using this as a perching spot to pick out his meal before he swoops down on them. Unfortunately, I cannot alter it in any way to keep the hawk from perching there, since it belongs to the electric company! Is there anything I can do about this? I have also been looking into guardian animals, and was wondering if anyone could recommend one that would be good against hawks. I have heard of people using anything from guineas, turkeys, and geese, to LGDs, llamas, ponies/donkeys, or even goats. We were actually considering getting a few goats, but not sure yet if we can afford them. Any recommendations? Smaller animals would be better since we have limited space and resources (about 3/4 of an acre).