Hi All, I currently have 6 Black Copper Marans hens. I keep them in a 8'x8' coop. I have a small run that is both fenced and covered on top. Then I have a larger run that is just fenced, 5' fencing with an additional layer of chicken wire lapped onto the ground. I work from home full time and prefer to let my birds free range in my 1.5 acre yard. However, over the winter I lost 3 birds during the day to what I believe is a fox. Only found a few feathers...2 of the 3 happened right close to the coop too. Anyway, each time after losing a bird I would then keep the remaining birds unhappily locked in the covered pen for a week or so until they "begged" me to let them out again. I tried keeping them in the uncovered outer pen but once the first girl figured out that she could fly over the fence it didn't take long for the rest of them to follow suit thus rendering my large outer pen useless. I like having them in the yard but I would also like to make better/more use of the fenced pen. I am now preparing to order birds for this year. I am thinking about perhaps larger less flighty birds. I did some reading over the weekend and came up with Buff Orps, Brahmas, & Australorps. I am looking for a large, gentle birds that still lay well. I loved what I read about Brahmas being extremely gentle & friendly but perhaps not the best layers ? Buff Orps about the same as Brahmas with maybe being slightly better layers...and Australorps being the best pure layers of the bunch..? Are there other breeds I should be considering ? In the meantime I am considering clipping the wingtip feathers of my existing marans so that they can't fly so high & far...?