The predators won the war. I have covered the coop, only let them out a few hours a day. Last week a hawk scared the %#$% out of them and flew 1 ft over their wire roof. Next day something heavy jumped on their roof, causing another upset. The dogs immediately chased "it" into the forest. Never saw the creature. No eggs have been laid since. So, this weekend they will go to a farm where they can roam free under the watchful eye of a Great Pyrenese and a St. Bernard. I have tried for 6 years to have chickens here in this forested area and I am giving up. . Just can't stand it that I can no longer guarantee their safety. So good luck everybody with your chickies, keep them safe.