Is there such a thing as hawk season? Or did the local hawks just notice my coop & chickens. What can I do to keep the hawks/birds from attacking my chickens? Will they leave alone the larger sized chickens usually? We have had hawks come through from time to time, but our biggest birds of prey are usually eagles, osprey and vultures. I have a small flock of 11 young chickens (27, 24 and 14 weeks old) and 27 week old Foghorn my white leghorn rooster who is watching over the flock. He does a great job of being a watch rooster. I hate to have to leave the cooped up in the secure run - but if that's what it takes to keep them safe, I'll do it. Here's the story: I let the flock out to freerange in their new fenced run this morning. This was their 4th day of having the run and being allowed to freerange in it without supervision. I was inside our house when I heard the rooster making a weird honking noise and I rushed outside only to scare off a small greyish hawk/bird about the size of a large bluejay. Everyone was accounted for and most of the flock was inside the secured run under the coop. They seemed fine so I left them out and loose. Then later the kids were eating lunch and I heard the honking again - so I asked them to look out to see if that bird was back. This time it was a different bird - large with dark or black back and grey underside - about the size of an osprey. It was sitting on the top of the smaller coop in the unsecured run. My WL pullet was cowering under the nestbox of that coop. All the other larger birds were cowering under the fir tree on the other side of the coop - including the rooster. My two tiny silkies who were smashed inside the corner of the straw bales trying to make themselves invisible. The bird sqawked loudly and took off - I thought for sure it had killed someone or took someone from the ruckous it made as it lef. But everyone was accounted for and Foghorn was quite aggitated. I put everyone into their secure run and closed the door. We've had a hawk/large bird hanging out around the coop lately sitting on the top of the run. He's midway between the size of the two we saw today. You can see his body over the doorway if you look up from the white chair straight up in the picture. I took this picture about a week ago. This next picture was from October - there is a hawk/bird on the top of the swingset in the picture over the swing on the left side. It stuck around for a few days and went on its way. It was as big as the one that I saw today the 2nd time. May have been the same kind. Dark back and light underside. Looks to be about 2 feet tall - huge wing span. My secure run is attached to the coop and wired over and around with welded and hardware cloth. And their new unsecure run is just 5' metal posts with 4' 2x4 welded wire around the perimeter so they wouldn't get so close to my neighbor's yards and keep the poop contained in one area. My plan is to section off half of the run on each side and have a garden/compost pile with alternating years. These pictures were from this morning before all the hawk escapades.