Ok, so i moved out to a country home, i have 20 acres of heavily wooded land. The trees are very tall and very dense. I have squirrels all over the place. I have not seen any hawks take any squirrels, but i have seen an owl make a pretty good attempt at it. I would like to get back into having chickens, i had them as a kid and showed them. Im somewhat (very) concerned that after i get them out, they are going to get killed off by hawks. I am going to build a nice coop, but i do NOT wish to keep the birds caged. Id like them to come and go as they please. Is there anything i can do at all, aside from completely caging and covering the birds, that might help? I dont know if i have hawks in my trees. I have hawks across the road where there is a grass farm, and on some days, the hawks sit on the open grass and you can count no less than 40 of them, so they are definately there, and im pretty sure once i get chickens, they are going to be in teh mood for them. Im a bit of a different owner than some here, these birds are for eggs...they arent pets, they arent friends, they are workers (ok, to the wife, they are pets). My main concern here is loss of investment. Like everyone else, i don't want to replace bird after bird after bird. I like riasing them from chicks and that takes a bit of time, effort, and money to have a predatory bird destroy it in .23 seconds. Anything i can do to keep them protected would be great. Ive read that roosters will act as an early warning system in some case, but i dont know if thats really true.