I took advantage of the long holiday weekend to finally get my fencing run around my pen. I had set fenceposts nearly a month ago but then stalled over what type of fencing to use to keep my birds safe. I finally settled on using 3 feet of chickenwire with 1 foot's worth laid onto the ground and staked down. On top of this I ran 5 foot high 2"x3" green wire fencing. It's approximately 130' feet around my enclosure. I lock my girls in their coop every night. I had only been letting them outside the coop on weekends now that it's dark by the time I get home during the week. Well I had out all nine of my RIR hens and the 4 younger Buffs too. Tonight is the first night that they will be all in the coop togther. My cordless drill had run out of charge so I had plugged it in the charger and came in the house to grab a snack before returning outside. As I'm walk out my front door and start walking up towards the coop I see a large (I'm assuming) hawk flying away from my pen towards the woods with one of the Buff's in it's talons. I yelled as loud as I could...as if that would do anything, but it just flew into the woods. I stood there for a couple seconds trying to figure out what to do and then took off into the woods figuring it probably could go too far carrying the Buff. Sure enough about 25 yards into the woods I stopped to listen to see if I could hear anything. I then caught sight of the hawk flying away from a tree about 15 feet from where I had stopped. I walked over and found the Buff on the ground. She was still alive but was dead by the time I made it back into my yard. What a kick in the behind !! I finally get the fencing all done and now this.....I was planning on running fishing line between the posts to keep the hawks away. Now that I've spent more time around the pen I am probably going to set at least two posts in the center of my pen so that I can run a tighter pattern of fishing line. Just bumming now because I instead of feeling a sense of accomplishment about getting the fencing run I'm burying a dead chicken. Here's a pic of my setup.......I chose that location because the large oak tree casts shade during the summer months. In retrospect I might have located the coop in the woods on the other side of my house but that side hardly gets any sun which I thought would make the birds extra cold during the winter months.