I came very close to losing one of my girls to a hawk this afternoon. My husband and I were sitting out on the patio earlier this afternoon, while letting our 8 nine month old girls free range, when all of the sudden a hawk came swooping down and grabbed my Cuckoo Marans, Dottie. Needless to say we both jumped out of our seats to scare it away when it decided to let her go. A few hundred feathers of various sizes went flying all over the place. All the hens went nuts and hurried to find hiding places. Eventually they all came out and we mananged to get them back to the run. Fortunately for Dottie there was no permanent bodily damage. In time the extra large bald spots should fill in just fine (I hope). A few seconds prior to the attack on my flock that same hawk tried to go for my next door neighbor's flock that was also free ranging. For about an hour or two later that very hawk harrassed both flocks. Boy, what a wild afternoon!!