Well, I can't argue with that. I also live in a rural area (on one acre fenced) with all manner of predators. I'm new at this and I've lived in fear of a devastating attack ... yet I suppose I often have to learn the hard way. Probably by luck alone I've not had any attack as yet.
Just this morning I've come up with this hair brained idea. I'm enclosing a portion of my coop that has access to my pen. In this area I intend to raise another 10 chicks immediately. But as my chicks will be protected by the pen this will necessitate full time free ranging of my older birds. I'm thinking that by next May I can integrate the flock. At that time I would remove the partition and keep all my birds enclosed full time.
There's so much I don't know ... this is my 1st year and I'm just now getting good production of eggs. I would certainly hate to loose all this time should I suffer a major predator attack.
Any advice would be appreciated.