So today was the first actual nice day for a couple of weeks. My chickens are always in a run with a top on it and I haven't seen a hawk sit on the fence anymore like they used to. Well I thought its the first nice day for awhile Ill take them outside into the yard and let them free range a bit (while I watched them, oh course). Well I have 18 chickens 4 of them are standard sized birds the rest are bantams. I just don't open the fence and let them go, because I don't want them near the shed because all the junk they hide in and I can never find them. So I put 6 silkies in a cage, took them out in the yard and let them go, run really quit back to the cage and repeat. Well I was going back for all my standard sized chickens and coming out of the fence, and I see this big brown blur flying low to the ground coming right to my chickens I drop my standards I was trying to catch and come running out screaming on the top of my lungs (You know those whistler fireworks, well I can imitate them) like a indian. The hawk by this point had hit one of my silkies trying to drag it away, but when it heard me and saw me running at it like a crazy lady it dropped the white silkie it had in its claws, white fluff littering the ground, and flew off. My dog Winston comes running out of the garage barking because he hears me screaming. Well now Im not gonna let them free range with a hawk looking for every chance he has to grab at them. So my chickens don't know what has happened there all trying to hide in between my legs. So Im afraid that if I leave to put half of them up the hawk will come back and snatch at the ones I had left. So I stuffed as many birds as I could into the cage I take them out in. and held 2 in my other hand. I was carrying 14 birds across the yard, my standards were back at the coop making there "warning of danger noise", "BWAAK BWAAAK, BWAAAAAK!" Winston my dog was such a good boy he sat in the yard in the middle of mess of feathers looking for this "giant winged chicken" he just saw. So I guess I can't let them out anymore...so weird that was the first time in a month or so I let them out and in 5 minutes there was a hawk trying to get at them. I looked at the white silkies to see which one was carried up into the air but none of them showed marks? no scratches? you can't even tell if any of them have missing feathers. Maybe because they have so many feathers.