Hi - new to the forum and chicken raising. We have 8 "pets" - all hens. They have a nice coop, a small run enclosed in hardward cloth, and a portable tractor covered in netting that I drag around the yard. Our hens love to free-range whenever we can be out with them under close supervision because we have a problem with a lot of hawks in the area. Has anyone every tried using chicken aprons with predator eyes on them to protect them from hawks? Nothing is foolproof but was wondering about this idea. I saw on a blog about the aprons, which are used primarily to protect the hens' backs from rooster claws but thought maybe it might discourage hawks. Any thoughts? Also, we have two little 8-10 lb dogs who love to be out with the hens now that the hens are bigger than they are. After a peck or two on the nose, the dogs have some respect and don't bother the chickens other than to follow them around hoping for a dropped chicken "nugget." But I am wondering if they will be a discouragement to the hawks too - or maybe they would also be hawk prey. Anyone have any experience with yappy little dogs being a deterent...to hawks, that is?