I forgot to tell you all what happened the other day. Friday I was outside cleaning the coop and getting it ready for the new wire to lock the chickies in. Anyways, I took a break, went in the house and came back out with frozen corn. Of course it was like I was the pied piper LOL... I was throwing it out and they were all gathering around when all of a sudden I hear a screech and then swoop... and then chickens running everywhere for cover! Scared the H*LL out of me. It didnt get any of them and flew off... I ran in the house, grabbed a gun... and ran back outside and stood watch! It came by again... I took a shot... missed... but scared the dang hawk off. I will not go outside now without my gun in hand and loaded! I am not loosing any of my babies!!! Then today, I was finishing up with the wiring... I had to pull the pieces together so that the chickens would not get caught and so that predators could not get in through the overlap.. I think you know what I am talking about. Anyways, my son TJ came over to see what I was doing and started looking around the coop... OMG... he found three rips in the chicken wire, about 2' up from the ground!!! I told Jess to run and get daddy... He came out and looked at it and fixed it by using wire (heavy electrical) to close the rips. We were wondering what, when, how. I feel like such a bad chicken mom because I missed it. Now it is fixed, but that still does not forgive my ignorance. We thought maybe it happened last weekend because we had a problem and had to chase something off, we never saw it. Can't coons or possums rip chicken wire? We also thought maybe a fox. you know I am so happy now that the coop is completely enclosed whereas before the wire only went up halfway I think some of you have seen a pic of my coop (need to take updated pic)... but now they have no escape hole. I feel terrible! But glad I have not lost any chickens and it has made me wiser. I gave my son a great big hug and told him how grateful I was that he found the holes! Who knows what would have happened if he would not have found them. Have you ever had anything like this happen to you??? Think its time to go buy more bullets and start practicing shooting the shot gun! Will a hawk attack a 22 week standard chicken? Or was it after my polish since they are so much smaller? I guess it is time to go get that baby monitor I was wanting! Well, I just thought I would share my experience. Guess maybe there is a message in here to be sure to check your wire to your coops, runs, what ever you have.