This has been a sad start of winter for me. 2 weeks ago one of my beautiful Cuckoo Marans X Silkie girls disappeared (suspected hawk). Then, a few days ago my favorite Silkie hen (and my first hen ever) was killed by a falcon in the yard. These were my first loses in my almost 2 years of keeping chickens. My Silkie didn't even have a huge crest or anything, her sight was fine, I am sure it got her by surprise. I am left with a Silke rooster, 3 Cuckoo Marans, 3 Minorcas, 1 Cuckoo Marans X silkie pullet, and her brother. They free range during the day in a forest like area with lots of cover and go to the coop at night. I let them out every morning. I thought my smaller birds would be easier to manage but I find myself needing harder to catch chickens for the birds of prey. Im also going to put lots of netting high up in the open areas they hang out in. My question is, does anyone have suggestions about what breeds would be best to add to my mix? I made the mistake of getting the Minorcas without realizing these girls can fly pretty well. I found them in the driveway outside of our fence all of the time before I clipped their wings finally. And they still get out! But they are great gardening companions and foragers. The Cuckoo Marans are awesome for me as well. We keep them for eggs and as pets. There is no hurry for them to lay. We just like the diversity in our flock. Some of my considerations: Buckeye, I've read great things about them on this site. I think my location (Northern CA coast) is suitable for them. Rhode Island Red, great foragers i have read? And Barnevelder, docile and friendly. I slowly added breeds to my flock without much thought and it worked for me but I want to make sure I get breeds that work for my situation from now on. I would appreciate any suggestions or experiences with these breeds. Thank you all for your help!