Hi everyone, We've been happy chicken owners for 1.5 years now and have really enjoyed having the birds. We initially let our birds range free and hand no problems for one year. This summer has been a sadder story. We started off with 2, then went down to 1, then were up to 3 (gift of friends), then down to 1 again. Yesterday we tried to introduce a new bird to keep the remaining bird company, but it never came home at night (we were not able to find it) and I just found the big pile of feathers in the woods. So we've lost a total of 4 birds this summer and have 1 left. I am kind of heartbroken at the moment and am probably going to bring the remaining bird back to our friend, where she came from early this summer. However, this brings me to the question at hand- how do you feel about ranging birds free (with the idea that they're happier that way, but are more likely to get eaten) vs. keeping them in an enclosed chicken coop with added run, which we could make much more predator free but might result in less happy birds? I'm trying to think about what I want to do when we do get birds again. Thanks!