I became a chicken daddy for the first time about 2 months ago, with 3 adults. 1 week later, one just dropped dead while I was in the yard working all day. The other two were fine for 3 more weeks. My family went on vacation and a neighbor, who had chickens looked after them, but one found a way out of my yard and was MIA for about 10 days, then I found her in the road, run over. My last bird was around for about a month, and about 3 evenings ago, she was not in her coop (I let them free range in my yard) and found her in the bushes, head missing and moldy torn up. I suspect red tail hawk, per research on Google, and we see circling birds of prey frequently where we live. It was 1-2-3... And very heart breaking, especially for my young children... So I joined this site and was re-motivated to not give up... With a lot of time invested in building coop and run already invested. I'm getting 5 new ladies from someone who needs to move tomorrow. I've decided to extend the run for more space, and cover it to keep the Hawks at bay, and plan to invent a modular tractor, so I can let them roam my yard safely, instead of confining them to a run all day. They can de-bug my yard, stay safe, and I can manage their dropping to add to my compost pile and keep my kids from tracking it in the house. I get my new ladies tomorrow morning, and I'm excited to bring them home, and utilize this site to help me, help them live long, safe lives. I look forward to becoming well versed on chickens from this site, and to one day offer my knowledge gained here, to other, future newbies.