I had just started letting my flock of 16, 4 week old chicks free range on Wednesday of this week. The first 2 days they did fine, yesterday morning I went inside for an hour and went back out to check on them. As I opened the door, I startled the hawk 15 feet away and it took off flying trying to carry the chick with it but it dropped it a foot off the ground. It was one of my 3 araucanas and they are maturing much faster than the various other breeds. They are becoming quite beautiful with their tan feathers and green legs. The hawk had eviscerated the poor thing. It's head was gone as were it's internal organs and it had started to strip the muscle off of one leg. I was so mad, I went back in the house and got a shotgun. I walked around the property trying to exact some revenge. I later discovered it is a felony to shoot a bird of prey as they are protected. Good thing for both of us it flew off. Now I have the chicks all cooped up again and they will stay that way until I can get the large coop built for them. It sucks but I can't blame the hawk for taking out an easy meal of chick because I didn't properly protect them. I let that chick down and I will do my best to not do it again.