I came home this afternoon to our first experience with a predator attack. I don't think I've ever heard a chicken make that kind of noise, and I hope never to hear it again. I found the hawk straddling my Marsha, cornered to where he couldn't take off with her. I scared him away with a few waves of a branch, brought her inside, and she's hurt pretty badly but isn't bleeding as much as she was. Hoping we can get her back to health, but I've read enough on BYC forums to know that chickens don't do shock very well. Took a lot of looking around to find the other three girls - they were hidden very, very well in the juniper trees. I guess we need to scrap the free range idea and build the girls a run with a top over it. They just got a new coop this summer. I'd be interested to find out whether hawks return to an area they know there is food to be had - we don't want this to happen again.