We have had barred owls for the 2-1/2 years that we have lived here. The adults nest in a hollow tree beside our house and we have always enjoyed watching the babies grow up. They have never bothered our chickens, but this guy was sure watching my 2-week-old chicks that I had just put outside in their covered playpen. I actually put a seat cushion on their playpen so they would be shielded by the owl, but they were just so spooked (and so was I) that I finally put them back inside. He's on top of the bird feeder in the second picture. He actually flew off the bird feeder and made a low circle around the playpen before flying to the garage roof - that's when the babies came back inside safe and sound!