Well, the broadwings have taken about 5 of my chickens in the past 2 months and I actually saw this one SUMBITCH pick up a laying hen, carry hr over to an adjacent alafalfa field and then drop her from about 10 stories . The chicken actually flew down and the hawk just stooped and was on her in a flash. Hawks are very efficient killers. I dont think that certain species would have any trouble with small cat. It would have to be like a Redtail or a Broadwing. A cooper hawk couldnt lift something that's bigger than she(like a cat).
One thing, however, Hawks aint stupid, they are very selective and economic in their target acquisition they dont want to gt wounded by a squirming prey(especially one thats sporting a set of retractable claws).
Good news is that the remaining hens have become ary of one are of their daily promenade. They seem to be avoiding it and, when they do traverse this one open area, they do it in singles . It appears that the hawk has developed a hunting strategy that works best when theres a group of confused chickens running in all directions when the hawk dives in. The hawk relies on this momentary confusion reaction and quickly chooses lunch and is gone. When the chickens cross this area singly, they are better able to jut run under a bush or a fence line, thus stymieing the hawks plan. There is no strength in numbers when the predator uses the plan of picking out one from a bunch of crazy chickens all who are watching each other as much as they are watching the predator.
CLEVER GIRL eh? Like the velociraptor in Jurrasic Pork