I'm attached to all of them but this one especially. As a chick she'd pulled muscles or something in her leg and I nursed her for quite some time so I'm extra sad. I try not to name them but we called her Wobbles. Anyway... I know that it's a risk you run to free range but it still sucks. I just can't bear to see them in a pen. They LOVE being free to go wherever they please. (So please don't tell me I'm a bad chicken mom because I leave them out!) I have 23 girlsl now ranging in size from Golden Hamburgs to White Giants. I have 20 acres and the girls probably cover about 5 of it. There is LOTS of cover from big pine trees all over the property and big bushes etc. but there's plenty of open space too which they've been getting braver and braver about going into. The hawk got her right in front of the house where they come regularly for snacks and to say hi. It happened right before we got home. I'd seen a smaller hawk (kestrel sized) flying about and wasn't too worried due to the chickens being bigger than the hawk. It seems now that it was a juvenile I'd been seeing because today, while trying to clean up the remains and get the other girls in the coop (against their will I might add) we saw 2 together and one was MUCH bigger. Sooo I've read all about the CD's and I'll be hanging them and pie pans tomorrow (fortunately I have no close neighbors to think I'm extra nuts) but what I'm worried about is will that help in the open areas? The open spaces where they roam range in size from maybe 1/8 to 1/4 acre in size without any cover except on the edges. I was also wondering about owl decoys? I'm going to keep them locked in the coop for a few days until I haven't seen the hawks around, but they're smart and with it getting near winter AND with it being a mom & young I don't know if I'll be able to get rid of them. One more thing... anyone ever hear of the hawk going INTO the cover to get the chickens? No wait, 2 things- Will hawks mess with the big breeds like Giants & Brahmas too? Sorry for the rambling, but I know everyone here will understand.