I moved to a lovely rented 8 acre property in the country and am fortunate to have a landlady who actually prefers me to free range my chickens in order to keep the deer ticks under check. This week, we've lost two chickens to hawks and I'm having second thoughts. I don't know if I can afford to fence in an area big enough so they can roam and be happy and eat grass without leaving the ground bare and dead. But I also don't want to have mister fat happy hawk coming for frequent meals and revolting my children, who found the first batch of entrails. I don't know what to do!!! I'm doing this so I can take good care of my birds!