I have 18 chickens, 4 ducks. Right now they are all cooped up together, but soon the ducks will have their own coop/run (attached to the chicken coop/run. I will be putting everyone up at night, so right now, I'm not majorly predator proof. I just have 2x4 welded wire on 2 ends, and a regular 6' fence on the other 2. When visiting a trout hatchery, I noticed that they had wires that were strung across the ponds to keep birds from swooping in and taking trout. I'm wondering if I ran a few wires across the run if that would cut down on the chances of hawks coming in. I was thinking of tying a bit of fabric onto it so they could see something was there. If I had a problem, then I'd already have a support in place for some deer netting. I live in the country, we see hawks around, but I haven't seen any *here* We actually have a flock of buzzards up the road but I don't think they are interested in the chickens. Really stupid idea? or plausible? Hubs thinks stupid and gives me the "you're a crazy chicken lady" look when I say it.