Several of our chooks had been killed by unknown fauna during the early spring.
After using a camera set up on a carcass we worked out what was happening. It was a goshawk. We assumed that the bird was feeding its young so expected the killing to stop in a month or two so kept the chooks confined
We decided after a few hot summer days to allow the chook back into the unprotected area of the orchard where is was cooler. The young goshawks should have fledged and been off finding their own food.
Unfortunately once a bird of prey finds an easy source of food they appear not likely to forget. We took the photo when this goshawk ventured through the open gate into the pen but couldn’t get out again. Having learnt a lesson the gate is now kept closed and we have purchased 4 new pullets.