The other day I heard a rutcus going on. I poked my head out the door and saw nothing unusual. Sounded like a hen was proud of an egg that she laid. Went back to doing what ever it was I was doing and I could still hear the chickens. Something has to be up since the egg song is going on a bit too long. I decided to go outside and take care of something and also see what's up with the chickens. All of a sudden a hawk swoops down and tries to get a baby chick. Now I no what all the fuss is about. Never had I ever had a problem with hawks. Until now. It got my English bantam "Sally" and a baby Ameracauna chick. I was very upset but nothing I could do. The turkey hens were protecting the babies. The next day I get ready to feed my critters in the late afternoon. A little early for dinner but close enough since it's getting dark early. I noticed my ducks and geese staring. They did make some noise earlier but when don't they? I look around the corner and that hawk!! It's on top of my 4 month old Buff Orpington. It was so terrible, that hawk just looked at me and I ran to the chicken. Poor thing was still alive! Almost her entire back was gone. Nothing but bone and muscle showing from shoulder to the beginning of her tail. I called for my daughter to bring me a sharp knife. I couldn't let this beautiful bird suffer anymore. That hawk sat in the tree watching me clutch the hen in my arms trying to comfort her. No way I could save her. She was going into shock and the best thing I could do was put her down. It was the most horrific thing I have ever seen. I could have dealt with it better if the hawk killed the hen but it didn't. I don't know what kind it was other then light brown. The buff was bigger then the hawk but you could see the power compared to fluff. We are now all on guard. I have to find an owl to set up and deter the predators including snakes. UGH!! Maybe I should get the owl that made it's sefl compy in someones coop..... hehe.