my mom and dad said that they already put too much money into them so they are not going to cover up the run and we are moving in a few months but where we are moving we have lots of raccoons so maybe when we move ill try to cover their runSorry for your loss, it's very difficult when that happens. We also recently suffered a hawk attack though fortunately no losses just the trauma. You should keep your chickens put up (together) in a secure area for several days to discourage another aerial attack, they can even attack full grown chickens for food so the hen isn't safe either. And re-evaluate what you can do to help protect them from an aerial predator... for example getting higher fence posts + placing netting or wire mesh across the top of their run area and adding more hiding areas for your chickens.
I also recommend upgrading your coop in the very near future to something a bit bigger and more secure. Because night time predators should be your next worry. A raccoon can reach through the bars of a crate or something could dig under and into that little coop. These are all just tips to help stop more losses from predators. Many of us are on similar learning curves or constantly having to adjust something to stop a predator because chickens are very tasty easy meals to a lot of animals unfortunately
she is starting to accept them but they are still small so I don't really want to put them inside the coop with her until they are at least 6 weeks old because they cant run around anymore unless I'm there because of the hawk. she likes to sit with them and watch them run around but my hen is super scared to leave her coop knowI'm sorry for your loss this morning.
I think you said in your video that your Hen is not accepting your new addition of chicks. If that is correct, it's important that you begin the integration process of them. "Look but don't touch".
Yes, the hawk will be back. Clean up the remaining parts of your dead chicken so not to feed the hawk.
You can secure Hardware cloth wire around the dog crate with zip ties.
Walmart sales it too..
Then the hawk or raccoon can't reach through and grab a chicken and pull it through the crate bars.
Put the secured dog crate next to the Hen house for the "look and can't touch". You can read all about integration.
I wish you luck.
Now that the hawk knows you have chickens, it will be back. NOW is a good time to protect your girls.
this happened at 5 am so I'm guessing she ran out to go protect them from the hawk but got hurt while doing it because yesterday she had no blood on her face. whenever they cry because they are scared of watermelon she runs to help them. if she didn't run out to get them then that means the hawk went inside her coop becuase I leave the the door wide open but I will be locking it from now onThank you for explaining it. But she did try to protect them from the hawk or was that just her own chicks?