I have four 12-week-old pullets who have been happily living in their coop for several weeks. I let them out in the run only when I'm around to supervise - it isn't completely secure yet, and I'm starting to freak out a bit if it ever will be. Ideally I'd like to have them outside in the run during the day while we're at work, but I worry about predators - we're in a neighborhood that's very close to the open space preserve, so I've seen everything from foxes to coyotes to skunks, not to mention neighborhood dogs (most of which are leashed, fortunately). The run is made of fencing wire on a couple of sides with hardware cloth and rock at the bottom, and plastic chicken wire on a couple of sides. Our back yard is mostly fenced in except for one ungated side, so pretty much any old wildlife can wander in. So - my question is - I feel pretty secure about the ladies in their coop at night, but I'm worried about what might threaten them during the day. Besides dogs, are any other predators typically active during the daytime hours? I sure would like for the girls to have more outside time - they go completely spastic with joy when I let them out!