I am new to owning chickens. I have a small flock as pets and for eggs. I have lost 3 to a Peregrine Falcon who is hunting, and I believe nesting in our neighborhood. My smaller yard is covered with fishing line and has kept them safe ever since I put it up. However, they love ranging in the larger yard and that is where he/she strikes. I hung a large orange globe with an owls face painted on four sides. That seemed to help, but snow had recently brought it down and I hadn't gotten it back up. It may or may not have been working...not sure it was up long enough to really tell. I did notice less birds in the yard overall though.... I'm now wondering about geese and turkeys as protectors. We get attached to our birds and feel horrible when something like this happens. I want to be a responsible owner and keep them safe. Help! I'm open to suggestions. Stringing fishing line over the entire backyard is not an option.