I have 12 chickens living in the Ft. Knox of coops, with an equally solid, large, fully enclosed run. But they are happiest when free ranging - and who could blame them? My daytime problem is the ever present threat of hawks - I know they are out there, and am waiting for disaster to strike from the sky. Has anybody ever used store mannequins (dressed) either standing or sitting in a chair out in the yard, near the coop, to deter hawks? I also see online a very realistic looking German Shepherd statue. I know this sounds insane, but since people use the fake owls to scare away hawks, I was wondering if fake chaperones could serve a similar purpose. I have a dog who is about as fierce as the GS statue, but he won't hang out with the flock anyway. He sits by the back door, waiting for someone to let him inside. If I can find them priced right, I could assemble an entire group of "people" out on the lawn. Are hawks discouraged by cocktail party sized gatherings?