Today we let our chickens visit the garden for the first time, while the kids and I picked pumpkins before frost this weekend. On the way to the garden, I noticed a large bird, hawk like, flying overhead. We let the girls out for more than an hour. I was catching chickens, and my 9 year old was taking them back to their house. In this time, my husband was up by the garage and my other kids were excited, "There's a chicken on the neighbors fence!!! A chicken on the neighbors fence!!" I was calling for my husband to come help me get the SLW which don't care to be handled, at all. And he said, he was checking out the chicken on the neighbors fence, one yard over from ours. I was a little confused, knowing the whereabouts of my 6 girls. He said the kids had been telling him the chicken is on the fence... he took a look and it was a large hawk!! Glad I got my girls all locked up in the safety of their house/pen!! That's a little close for comfort, considering we have lived here 6 years and not had a hawk around ever!! We have only had our girls since August 30!!