Hi, Right now I have 7 chickens that are in a 3.5 x 8 enclosed chicken tractor in the night and free ranged the other times. I'm going to build a permanent pen and need some expert opinions. The pen will be approx. 40 x 40 and the chickens will still be free ranged during the day. My question is........ I can either build the pen completely in the open or half into a thick cedar stand. If I build some into the cedar will that make them more likely to be a hawks dinner menu or will it help with them being able to run and hide in the thick brush\cedar tree. I have lost one rooster to a hawk and almost another. The hawk was sitting on top of a brush pile the rooster was in and had time to escape into the tress\brush and the hawk couldn't get to him. I do have a very large lab that lives outside and inside dogs that do a good job of letting me know if there is a stranger in the yard so I'm torn if I should just build completely in the open so it will easier to see a problem? Or should the trees help the chickens escape or just give the predators an easy please to hibe be it on the ground or tree tops?