Yesterday woman called to tell me there was a hawk walking the perimeter of the chicken pen, one would assume looking a way in. I am fairly certain it is one of the Red tails that have been around for years. She was very concerned that it would get the chickens. The pen has a chicken wire top, and is presently covered with a gourd vine on steroids. I told her to go inside and not worry about the hawk, which was apparently not the answer she wanted to hear. After she calmed a bit I explained my thinking on this situation and she agreed. So, if you would be so kind tell me if and/or where my thoughts on this are flawed. Billy, our RIR rooster, (aka Billy Bad @$$) is about 3 years old, weighs nigh to 8 pounds and has spurs about 2 inches long. On a good day he would go on a Mac truck, and trust me, he hits as hard. As an aside, the last bad day he had resulted in gun play. Only super sonic rooster I have ever seen, he managed to dodge a bullet. My thinking is without the ability to swoop down on an unsuspecting chicken, the hawk would be afoot. I truly think toe to toe with Billy without the advantage of flight, the pen is about 5 foot high, this hawk is in for a first class butt whooping. So what do you guys think. Am I wrong on this one ??