Hello everyone! I live in a wooded area and have a small backyard flock of silkies and cochins for eggs. They are for enjoyment and entertainment. I built a 4x8 Fort Knox coop for them so nighttime predators aren't a worry, but during the day they roam in 10x40 chain link dog run that was already on the property (we are renters). I have some 1x1 plastic netting I have been meaning to put over the run but haven't yet while I research better quality aviary netting. SOOOO, just this morning I decided to break down and put up the netting as I have noticed more hawks in the area, getting closer and closer. Today my husband came home and actually spooked the hawk that was in my run, eating one of my chickens!!! Augh!! Thank goodness it was my least favorite rooster who was inching his way to the stewpot with his bad behavior, but ARRGG! ICK!! I was too late!!! They were all under the coop and the hawk and poor rooster were right next to it! Everyone is mildly traumatized and won't sleep on that side of the coop! So I put up the netting- it fit nicely. Won't keep out any coons, but hopefully will deter attacks from above. The big question I have is-- what are some ways to keep a hawk from diving through the netting and possibly hurting itself and getting tangled? As hawks are federally protected and all, I do not want to contribute to the demise of any of them! As of right now I have kite string zig-zag strung through the netting. But what is the best way? I am planning on purchasing some heavier duty aviary netting. What do you suggest? What do you use? Thanks BYC friends! Thanks so much!