I did search and read that they don't have very strong claws and only eat dead things. Thing is that there are maybe 12 of them roosting on my fence posts and flying around over the yard where the chickens are. I did close the girls up in their run and mama already put her baby in the caged area I have for them. Anyone think they will hurt them? I will let them out after a bit but didn't want to with them flying overhead. Man, those suckers are huge.