When I get chickens again next year, they will have a very sturdy coop, so my primary concern is daytime predators, mostly chicken hawks in our area. I don't know yet if we will be able to have a rooster. The flock will spend most daylight hours free-ranging unsupervised. I know the common wisdom for prevention of losses to hawks is to get large breeds. But I actually keep chickens primarily for laying and money for feed is tight, so I'm interested in lightweight layers like Hamburgs (hens ~ 4 lbs), and I'd even like to get a pair of Egyptian Fayoumis to act as "watchdogs" (hens ~ 3.5 lbs). I prefer "wilder" personalities in chickens and my thinking is that if provided with adequate cover these two breeds will be wary and fast enough to stay safe. I'm OK with occasional losses but the fewer the better. If I do have hawk problems I plan to take all the standard measures such as hanging shiny moving things in the yard, scarecrows, etc. But am I crazy to think that any 3.5 lb chicken won't be terribly vulnerable to hawks and eagles? The only predators I've dealt with before were raccoons and our own dogs. That was in the city. I think where we are moving next year (Whidbey Island, WA, for those who are curious) has a lot more birds of prey. Updates: Regarding getting goats, turkeys, donkeys, etc. to fend off predators: Not possible for me. Regarding getting gamefowl: They don't lay enough for my purposes.