I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. I have been very naive about chick predators, since I've never seen a raccon, fox, or coyote in my suburban neighborhood. I see hawks...but they've always been way high in the sky over fields, scanning for mice I would assume. That's why I was totally in shock this morning when I went out to the backyard to bring my 6wk old chicks breakfast. I opened the door the run, thinking I might even let them free-range unsupervised while I went inside to make breakfast for my kids. Just as I was unlatching the run I heard a great SWOOSH as a hawk flew RIGHT over my head and landed hard in an evergreen tree just behind the coop. Of course at the same moment, the chicks screamed (well, you know, chirped loudly) and immediately ran for shelter in the coop's nesting/roosting area. The way I was positioned, the hawk would have gotten a talon full of my hair before it reached a chick, but I couldn't believe how bold it was. I was right there! The hawk then came out of the tree, and landed on my trampoline about 20 ft away and just sat there looking at us until I chased it away. Now there's no way I'm going to feel comfortable letting the chicks free-range the yard unless I'm standing right next to them...and that may not protect them if another hawk comes swooping in. I can't imagine losing a chick at this point...especially like that. They're our babies!