Now that we have no rooster (ate him last month due to excessive aggression) our two free-range girls seem more vulnerable to predators. They don't always stick together, and once every week or so they stay out at night instead of coming back to the coop. And now its winter, so no leaf coverage for them from above, and the hunters are hungrier... So DH & I talked about keeping them cooped up all the time (we usually only lock them in at night) but they HATE being confined for more than a day or so. They have more than enough room, but after couple days they stop laying eggs and this last time one started pecking at the other. So I'm going to see if they'll let me let them out for just an hour or two a day. The only potential problem is one minute they are there on my property, the next, who knows where they ran to (woods, neighbors who won't stop feeding them). They'll come back if I call them but only if they can see me. Ack. Never mind, I'm just venting. I'm giving them more protein to nip the pecking in the bud, just in case that is the problem, so we shall see. The one that is doing the pecking lost all her tail feathers a few days ago when something scared her, so maybe she's just jealous of the other one's tail, ha ha.