I have decided I need to hatch more chicks next year and aim for 50 hens over winter. By doing that I might have 25 after the predators hit them.
I am not going to stop free ranging just because a few get eaten. I just wish they would eat the ones I don't care about instead of my favorites.
Camp day tomorrow here, I have 60 Free range CX hens going to camp. I am hoping I average 9 pounds a bird dressed.
GO GET 'EM!
I have been hard pressed to buy the 6 min @ my local TSC but will likely HAVE TO, next Spring. Down to one hen, Bought her as Pullet, to supplement loss, a few weeks ago...one Roo, from 6 total. Bobcat and Fox been eating well this year, DANG IT! Still have a wild loner Turkey hen, but no place to put her...Can hear the wild Turkeys also.
Good luck with it, DuluthRalphie.