I have lost 5 birds in the last year to predators. The Red Tailed Hawk has claimed 2 of those. A Bobcat and a Coyote claim one each. And our Drake Pekin duck claims the other. I had just introduced 6 new 13 week old birds to the coop and run area to mix in with the 8 other hens layers we have. None of them really had time to call the coop their safe haven home as yet before the attack by the hawk on their second day in the coop and run area. They went straight from the brooding box to the coop and had no idea what predators were or where to hide in the event of trouble. Afterall, just 13 weeks ago they were baby chicks. We made a quick trip to the local part store figuring the birds would be fine until we returned and found the hawk feasting on one of our new birds in the run area when I pulled into the driveway. The remainder of the birds found shelter within the coop thank goodness. I couldnt get out of the car fast enough to do any good, as the bird was already beyond help. I did scare the heck out of the hawk though! My older birds seemed to develop a sense for caution and alarm when something isnt right and make an automatic beeline for safe haven within the florida room or their coop. I think younger birds need time to adjust and learn from the surroundings as to what trouble may be lurking within or around them. It was 2 days after the attack before any of my girls would come out of the coop and back out into the run area. The young ones wouldnt come out until after all the older girls came out first. Something to be said there I guess. The red tailed hawk is a protected species but I have my eye out for the chicken killing thief and his days may be numbered if it keeps killing my birds. I believe thats fair, don't you?