I took a long piece of twine and strung it between two trees across the top of the my coop. From that string I hung 5 shiny round CDs from separate pieces of twine. I was glad to see the hawk sat perched high in a nearby tree but did not venture to the top of the coop. Finally, I was convinced that it had given up and flown away realizing that my chickens were not going to be dinner. Or so I thought.
This morning as I was still getting ready, I heard one of the contractors calling for me. I went outside and there, high up on a dead branch in a nearby tree, was the hawk. The chickens were sounding the alarm and I could not believe my eyes. As it preened itself, it was getting ready for its next meal. Then I heard a second hawk in the yard. "You've got to be kidding me", I thought as I racked my brain for another solution. It was not a good scene. The chicken alarm was going off and the girls were all scared for their lives in the coop.
I went into the garage and grabbed the beach blanket. I covered the run and then I coaxed the girls out with treats. It worked. No longer seeing each other, the chickens quickly became side tracked and the hawk left. About an hour later, I uncovered the girls. The hawk did not return today. The girls did not free range. Everyone was safe and Fifi finally did lay her first egg.