We've retired and moved to Fallbrook, California -- a mecca for backyard chickens. So last month we got one young rooster (RIR/Ameraucana mix) and eight hens -- two Ameraucanas, two Wyandotes, one RIR, and three mixes. Coyotes and hawks are always looming and lurking and menacing here. The rooster (Big Bad John) watches for hawks,very well so far, and our guys are in the well fenced former veggie garden which keeps out coyotes. The only problem so far is Jane Doe, a black mix or possibly sex link, who wants to see the world and keeps escaping the garden and going walkabout. I'm awfully glad to find this forum. It's answered almost as many questions as it's raised!