Yesterday, I went outside to hear a commotion coming from the yard. I ran back there to scare off a coopers hawk from a dead hen. Very sad. The rest of my hens were scattered and super scared. The hawk flew to a near by tree and was making a racket. Then I noticed that there were four hawks in the trees and they were in a frenzy (Two red tail hawks and two coopers hawks). Usually these birds spook super easy and take off but they didn't this time. It was crazy being in the middle of this scene and having four hawks ****** at me. Has anyone heard of hawks working together? I found 4 of my remaing six birds and began doing a serious hen hunt in the woods. Found one more than an hour later. I was heart broken thinking I lost two birds. 6 hours later wouldn't you know my last missing bird showed up at dusk. Man was I happy. So all in all only one casualty. The coopers hawks are a nesting pair and come around every fall/winter. They have been eyeing my chickens for years and finally killed one. I hate the thought of leaving my girls in all the time. Has anyone found once a hawk killed a bird the attack frequency increased? I can deal with losing a bird every year or so. I can't deal with losing one every week. I can't blame the hawks for wanting to eat a chicken. The hawks are gorgeous. It was a crazy experience and just had to share it. My first hen loss due to a predator. I intend to let the girls out again. How long would you wait? Can anyone share how often they lose hens to hawks? I am wondering what is an acceptable number for hen losses due to hawks? I want the girls out doing what they are supposed to be doing, not sitting cooped up. They hate being in the coop. Wish my wife was cool with a rooster. I bet a big ol rooster could have helped. Does anyone put additional things in there free range area for cover for the hens? Thanks for reading my story. If you could point me to a good thread or share I would appreciate it. I am surprised by how bummed I was about losing one of my ladies.