I know that you all will appreciate and understand this better than anyone else. I thought after 6 mos that I had a chicken setup that was somehow impervious to predators... but not the case. While I was away caring for my Grandchildren, and my DH was watching over my flock, 3 hawks attacked and killed my most beloved gal, Gladys. She was the alpha hen and my friendliest. She only lived for 8 mos, but they were free-ranging fun times. I sure missed her this morning when I had no company as I cleaned out the coop. As for the hawks - well it's wintertime and although there are fewer, the ones that stay up north are big and on the prawl for any meal they can squander. And trying to look at the bright side, it all happened at lunchtime so my DH was just arriving home. So, although he didn't see the initial attack, he was able to scare the hawks away. Don't want to think about what might have happened if he didn't come home. After the initial scare, all of my remaining chickens, unharmed as far as I can tell, are huddling closer and Mr. Ed is keeping a closer eye to the sky.