Hi people have a concern first time keeping chickens have 6 hens 2 Roos about 22 weeks I live in the suburbs they free range in my fenced back yard . My yard is not overly big I'm going to say 60 ft x 30 ft lots of tree coverings anyways today my wife heard the two roosters making loud noises she saw the hens take cover in the coop she looked on our roof and spotted a hawk or falcon quite large she said it took off over the chicken coop . My question is do these bird scout for days before they try to attack ? Do they attack at a certain time of the day and since the yard is small and covered with trees can they still get in easily ? Any ideas how to protect my chickens I'm hoping to dispatch this bird if possible .