I don't even want to type this but I'm so sad and need to vent I guess. I lost one of my babies to a hawk today, a 3 week d'uccle, I was only a few feet away. I'm absolutely sick, this was my first predator loss. This is the thing. I've have 5 mixed breed LF for 5 months now, no sickness, no deaths. Not that it won't ever happen but this is what we've been through in the past 4 months. My 6 week old silkie died after I tried to save her, to no avail, from a vent prolapse. I got 8 d'uccle chicks 3 weeks ago and 3 died in the first week, and now this, which is really so heart breaking...what a horrible way for that little baby to die! I assume it was a hawk but it was really small, kinda greyish. Anyway I'm sure there are bigger hawks around but there is no way that tiny thing could have taken one of my LF. I just don't handle the deaths well and I also feel bad because I feel I should keep all my bantams in their run at all times and that's no fun for them. What I normally do is let them out 2-3 hours a day with me there (obviously that doesn't help much) and they seem happy with that. If I never let them out they would hate it! So maybe they'd be better off somewhere else?