Hi I think I'm in the right section, this didn't seem like a social topic. Feel free to suggest a better section. Here's my problem- I had four chickens, now three. This is only my second year raising chickens. They were free ranging until Saturday, when the leader chicken disappeared sometime between 6 pm and 8 pm. Then Sunday morning, we saw by the patches of feathers that a predator (we think it was the local golden eagle or a hawk) got her. Then later Sunday, my friend asked me to come over to help her patch up her hen that was bitten by a dog. When I got there, I saw that she was too far gone, with intestines coming out of her vent. Because there were little kids around, we opted to wring the poor hen's neck. Because I had the least emotional attachment to the hen, I was the one to break her neck. I did it just like I had read, and it definitely broke, but she didn't die right away, so I wrung the neck again, but still... so my friend's husband wrung it like the exorcist... and still.....so I just held tightly onto her neck until there was no more pulse. The whole awful event took maybe two minutes, but it felt like forever. She told me I was so calm & strong but inside I was crying like a baby. Today another neighbor gave me a RIR rooster, but I'm so shell shocked I don't know if I should let them free range again- is a rooster a good enough protector? Obviously my three horses weren't enough, I don't know if they tried to help her or if they weren't paying attention until it was too late. We planted blueberry bushes along the paddock fence where we lost Fifi, thinking this would give a chicken protection as she made her way back to the safety of the barn & horses. So how do I get over the accidental death, the horrible experience with the injured hen, and over-sensitivity to the dangers of free range? What are other safety measures I could do for free rangers? Oh, I turned my late horse's stall into an emegency chicken run until I work this out. Forgot to mention that.