I'm reading all these threads on hawks killing chickens. I too lost a chicken to a hawk about 3 weeks ago. I know it was a hawk because it came back the next morning to see if we had left any little tidbits out for it to finish after burring the hen. I have been home from work the last two days and while outside playing with the horses, dog, and chickens I have noticed several birds of prey flying about. They are everywhere!!!! So is it because its winter and other food may be more limited? I have had my chickens less than a year, so I am still new to this.