I feel like I am always posting warnings, and never BEFORE the fact Our coop runs are chainlink dog kennels. The kennels are against our shed on one side and have wires running across the top to keep the girls safe from hawks. And mind you, we live in a suburban neighborhood so hawks are not usually an issue. Friday morning my husband and I walked into the backyard to water the girls. They had only been let out of the coop from the night before for a few minutes. As we turned the corner up flew a HUGE hawk. It had been sitting on the coop roof before it flew off. Caught completely off guard it took a moment to process what it was. Quickly I pushed my husband away and ran for the coop as he watched the hawk land up high on a telephone pole a couple housed down. As I opened the gate to the kennel I saw the most horrific scene. My favorite girl, my birthday present from hubby last year.... Fraggle the Red Frizzle The hawk had gotten her but we must have startled it before it could fly off with her. This hawk had managed to get into a very small opening between wires to get to my girl. Something we read they wouldn't do. We were under the impression that they needed an open space to land and this hawk was BIG! And then he sat on his pole up high and called to us as we dealt with our loss. It was horrific and something I never want to see again. At 6:30am, before work, hubby and I were completely covering the tops of the kennels. We used dear netting which seemed to work well until we can figure something out more permanent. So please.....everyone.....if you have open top runs please cover them completely. The wires and hanging cd's in not enough. We have an inground swimming pool not 10 feet from the coop and the glare still didn't keep the hawk at bay. And after some research we found that a dump located miles from us were granted permission to import hawks to our area to take care of the seagull problem!!!