One day the week before Christmas in the late afternoon, we heard our chickens freak out (squawk and scatter/run/fly).  When we looked out out back window over the deck we saw a big hawk fly to a perch in one of our trees, right about at our eye level.  Unfortunately, by the time I grabbed my camera, it was gone.

Then I went out and counted all four of our chickens, with no apparent damage.  Three of them had run under our deck for cover, and the fourth was next to our front gate (I guess it decided to run the other direction). More than a year ago our neighbor thought he saw a hawk take off from our neighboring fence after checking out the chickens, but we hadn't had any problems since then.

If cats have nine lives, I wonder how many chickens get. 

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