I really believe in the concept of free ranging my chickens, but so sad when I lose one. We have a beautiful 6 acre piece of land, about 1 acre of which is yard/meadow, the rest is forest surrounding us. The chickens (we have six adult hens right now) have a 10x16 run and 10x12 coop with lots of stumps and perches, and even two swings. But they HATE being in the coop/run. Whenever I walk by, the frantically crowd the door, wanting to get out. They peck at each other and quarrel. I only let them out on bright sunny days, and try to make sure I go outside with the dog frequently, but still, we lost two this year to a bobcat, right in broad daylight, right in the yard. Over the past three years, that brings the total lost to predators to 6. I go back and forth, saying that if they had their choice, they would take the risk, and that my sadness at losing one doesn't trump their right to a little freedom in the yard. My husband thinks it's not worth it, we should keep them in the coop, even though he doesn't really care for the chickens, and isn't involved with them. I guess I am looking for a little reassurance from others who free range that I am not just being a terrible or careless person. How do you cope with free ranging losses to predators?