I've had my flock for a year now and other than one hen mysteriously going missing, I've had no known issues with predators going after my flock while they are foraging. Until now... A few days ago the flock was out and they were just off the back patio and my DH was sitting out there reading and out of no where, a hawk swooped down, talons out, going for one of the hens. Fortunately, because he saw it right before it got the hen, he yelled and scared the hawk so it veered at the last seconds and flew off. Whew! Of course the hens were terrified and ran under a separate outbuilding we have that's up on blocks and stayed under there for a good half hour. Also, about a week ago, my daughter brought her 9 month old blue healer pup over to visit and we always tether him up when he's outside because he isn't "chicken tested". Well, he slipped out the door and the hens were out and he bee lined for one of them and chased her. He didn't bite her so still not sure if it was aggression or just the "I have to chase that" mentality. Again, the flock was terrified. So with two close calls within a week, I have noticed the flock is now understandably, super sensitive to anything out of the normal, including new people. Any sudden movements send them running for cover. Even if I have something large in my hand they freak out. For example, I walked out with an empty black plastic garbage bag in my hand and they freaked out! Part of me thinks it's a good thing that they are on hyper watch but the other part of me worries about them constantly running for cover over anything unfamiliar. Do you think they will settle back down a bit after awhile?