We live on a South Florida farm. Were very close to the everglades national park. In fact, one canal on our property line. comes directly from it. We have some very serious preditor problems with our chickens. The first three chickens were killed by a beautiful eagle. Right in front of my eyes! Swooped down, picked her up and started to fly away! I just reacted! And started chasing it! The chicken was too large for it and dropped it. By the time I got to her,, she was allready a gonner. We put the rest (11) in their fenced area, that is covered with a tarp, (For obvious reasons). when we heard a comotion again, We run outside and there was the eagle again! This time she was in their cage just having a go at them! I have to say, that eagle is one magnificant bird! Just too beautiful! It stood a good 3 feet tall with no fear of me at all! I opened the door and ran around yelling at it until it flew away. She took two more of our beloved chickens. We also have 3 of the largest barn owls in our pines. Also falcons and hawks. These are the just a few of the preditors. The wild parrots are allways screeming when one comes close and I have set up areas all over our property for them to seek shelter when one flies overhead. So far, the shelters have worked. Until this morning. A 5 foot alligator found it's way into our fish pond and BANG! another chicken gone. I had my men capture it and let it loose in the canal. My wife insists that they roam the farm, freely. At night they return to their coup. we have a lock on the door to keep the racoons and foxes out. It looks like we will have to confine them to their fenced, covered, locked area to keep them safe. It was nice to have them all around. but it hurts when one dies.