Our property is situated on the side of a hill with a long row of pines and redwoods along the property line. Cooper’s hawks inhabit these trees where they sit and watch, just waiting for their next meal. I don’t want their next meal to be one of my precious chickens so I don’t let them out to free range unless we are with them. Before you start feeling sorry for them, our breeds live in separate coops with huge covered runs that extend 75 feet up the hill. Flight netting keeps them in and the hawks out.
Right now we have Cooper’s hawks with babies and they are fiercely guarding the nests. Yesterday when I went outside, one flew down and did a little-too-close-for-comfort-fly-over, just above my head. The mate waited in a pine tree and watched me while they squawked back and forth. I retaliated by going inside for my camera and shooting. That’ll teach them a lesson!