I had six that I raised since they were a day old. They are approx 2 months old now. My older girls stay close to the barn and their pen. The babies wander all the way across our pasture, and over to the neighbour's house. The other day a hawk got one of them. Now I have them in a barn stall during the day, hoping that once they get a little bigger it will be safer? Also, does the rooster (normally) tend to just "guard" the older hens? My rooster was a rescue who was bullied by the lady's other roos and always by himself off in a corner of the pen. Perhaps this is why he wanders about and seems to have no regard for the hens? I have seen him be very mean to the young ones. We have a serious hawk and raven problem here. Maybe I need a new rooster?