Taking steps to protect chickens from predators should be on every chicken owner’s mind. What are the important steps to take to guard the chickens? Raccoon, fox, hawks, bears, bobcats and the neighborhood dog, are all capable of wiping out a flock. All carnivorous and omnivorous creatures would be happy to find a chicken waiting to be dinner. I see a huge uptick in predator activity in the fall as the wildlife starts to get ready for a long cold winter. Spring also sees a lot of activity as new kits are being born. Learning how to protect chickens from hawks and other predators throughout the year, is an ongoing process. Just when you think you have covered all the bases, a wily coyote may sneak in the coop and help herself to a free meal. Taking precautions is what we do to keep our chickens from becoming sitting ducks.