Isaac and Suede just prevented my girls from becoming a meal this afternoon. The main flock was free ranging today with Isaac. I heard Ike and Suede yell, looked up and through the kitchen window, saw a huge redtail in his dive, just as he was about six feet from the ground, changing course to go back up--since his element of surprise was spoiled by my roosters, guess he didn't want to be caught on the ground by Ike. It took colossal effort for him to turn as low as he was, it looked like to me. Girls were scattered and running to the coop, inside, under it, under the deck, etc. Suede's girls and Suede were inside, old ladies were underneath their coop, all five babies in the broody pen were all under Nugget with not one little head or tail sticking out, etc. I found big Meg crammed underneath the calcium feeder in the corner and had to pry her out of there. They had quite a scare today! This is the reason I love my roosters. They spend about 90% of their time just watching the skies and surroundings while the ladies stuff their faces and take leisurely dustbaths.