We have plenty of turkey vultures and stuff that usually stay away but how do i keep away? Also, (Back to the hawk) should i be worried about the hawk. It is around our house and i love it(Kinda weird for a bird of prey) I don't want to kill it or drive it off but i want my chickens to be safe. I can cover the run and there is plenty of cover in my backyard. Can i let them free range? It wouldn't really be free range because it would only be occasionally and i live in the suburbs. Also, what should i keep in mind when designing the run? There is a HUGE owl in the woods a couple hundred yards from the house in the woods but i don't know if 1) it would actually be able to attack because of our two story house and trees on two other sides and 2) if cover would even help against such a massive bird. When i say big i mean like knock down saplings big.