OH.MY.GOD. I was just outside with the chickens, sitting in my chair, fresh egg in my pocket. Rooster sounds the hawk alarm... odd... since the Blue Jays, Crows, and Squirrels said nothing. Not a word! I look up to try to see it, since it's normal for one to circle around once or twice. I'll da**** if that sucker didn't pop up from the other side of the 6ft fence and swoop into the yard some 10 feet from me!!!!! The chickens all screamed bloody murder and high-tailed it to the coop, about 6 feet away. I ran through them towards the hawk who had focused on the "baby". I didn't even think, just made for him as fast as I could! Didn't know what I was going to do when I got to him though! He flew up and out of the yard, to a tree, empty handed. Too much confusion for him to succeed. I go to the coop to do a head count, missing the baby. Chipmunk had her head buried in the corner of the nesting box, Rooster was seriously wigging out, and the other hens were cackling up a storm. I check under the coop, in the bushes, under leaves, along the fence, spotted some movement in the nieghbor's yard. Lil'Bit was standing against his fence, still and silent. I walk around front and get her, bring her back. The rest hush-up and make different noises when I put her back in the coop. So I guess they knew she was missing. Man, talk about adrenaline! This is exactly why I don't free range them when I can't be out there! He might have made off with one if I wasn't there to jump into the middle of it and add to the confusion. *phew* close call!! My heart rate is only just now starting to subside. On the day when I've got eggs hatching too... figures. I was sitting there day dreaming about my little fuzzies when it happened!