I only have two (new to me) hens and we have some bold predators hanging around the wooded area where I live. The girls have more than the recommended amount of space in their coop and run area and it is extremely secure. However, I feel bad when I see photos of other people's free-ranging flocks. I give my hens treats, scratch, and visit them during the day. This afternoon I let them out in a fenced area around their run while I was putting hay in the next box. Not even ten minutes later the resident hawk started screeching and circling overhead. (I found him perched on the fence recently.) The girls freaked but didn't know to go back to the coop, so I had to hustle them back into their area. They are used to living in a bigger flock with a rooster which isn't an option here, so it occurs to me that even supervised free ranging isn't going to work. Anyone else have this problem? How do you know that your chickens are "happy"? My girls haven't laid any eggs yet so I'm a bit worried.