We live in suburban Washington DC. We got a coop. And we pretty much let our two hens have free run of our fenced in yard. At night or when we would be away for extended stretches of time, we closed the hens in the coop. But whenever we were home during the day, they could roam and have fun. This worked great until some sort of a hawk swooped down and killed one of them. We have now extended the coop with a fenced in structure that gives them another say 8x8x8 area. But we have been very skittish about allowing them to roam beyond the coop again. (We got a new hen so there is again a pair). Are we being overly protective? Are there times of day or of the year where we can give them more free reign? Or should they generally be in their coop/run? Thanks. "Henny Youngman"