Thanks to you both, definitely a sad day.
Originally Posted by Chevaux
The hawk was probably starving to try for a chicken. I believe they usually prefer smaller things like squirrels, gophers, mice and little birds. I'm afraid you'll have to be on the lookout for him returning to the scene of the crime for awhile.
I agree with this, I really didn't think a hawk could get one of them. It's been a long, snowy winter here and there just aren't a lot of smaller animals out these days, so I'm sure it was hungry. If there's any consolation, I guess it's that something that was hungry at least got a meal out of it- rather than my neighbor's dog just doing it for sport.
I'm definitely going to be gunshy to let them roam much outside of their pen in the coming days, so we're going to concentrate on just giving them a little more room in the pen area outside the coop so they can move around. This spring, we've got plans for a nice setup, which will have some overhead cover as well.
Chevaux, we do plan to add a few birds this spring when we get our larger set-up ready, but it's just so hard to do anything outside right now with the ground frozen solid and snow everywhere.