The clouds and rain we've had since last Friday finally cleared out yesterday morning, which meant I could let my two older chicks out to get some exercise, scratch, etc.. After they'd been out for about an hour, I decided to put a makeshift playpen together and bring the babies out for a little while. All went well and everybody was happy. I didn't keep the babies out long, maybe half an hour. First we scooped up the older two, Penelope and mystery-chick, and put them back in their temporary home. Then we collected the babies and brought them back inside. I broke the playpen down and put it away, came inside, washed my hands and opened a cold beer. The second I flopped down on the couch, my youngest daughter came running in the house saying there was an owl in our yard. So, thinking it was probably something WAY UP in one of my ancient black walnut trees that would turn out to be a tangle of leaves, I went out with a spotting scope--which I didn't need. It was a Screech Owl and it was *right* over our heads-happily perched on one of the trees my hammock is stretched between. The little rat was sitting right over top of us, I mean..30 feet, if that, from my babies the whole time. I came in the house to get the camera, thinking the commotion would scare him away before I could get back, but he never moved, occasionally looked right at us like "Didn't anybody ever tell you it's rude to stare?".. Since it's a Screech Owl, which are pretty small as predator birds go, I'm not worried so much about Penelope at this point (she's the same size or bigger) or the hens I'm eagerly anticipating next week..I'm just wondering if I should be worried about the (and any future) babies? I know they prey on songbirds..are they known to take chicks as well?