I have a flock of 5 hens: 1 dominique, 1 leghorn, 1 rhode island red, 1 easter egger and 1 silkie bantam. They are seven months old. I let them out to free range for the first time a few days ago and they absolutely loved it! My cats *thankfully* ignored them and I watched as they ran around until evening and then swiftly ran back to their coop for the night where I closed them up to keep them safe. My worry is that the girls didn't look around for predators at all, and that they didn't so much as look nervous when my cats walked nearby. They were content to do their thing. Choco, my silkie, is particularly small and she has a terrible tendency to get left behind by the flock while she pays too much attention to a particularly nice piece of ground. We have tons of hawks and I can just imagine my little girl getting lifted away forever! So, I've been thinking... is it wise to add a rooster to the flock for predator protection? They've never been around one, so I wonder if it would be weird for them. Also, I'm only planning to free-range them on the weekends and the rest of the week they are confined in an 8x10 run with a coop above it... Will the rooster pester them mercilessly in this little space? I want them to be happy. My only other option is to build a chicken tractor that I can drag around the yard for them to safely scavenge inside. Which is better? Covered chicken tractor or rooster? I'd love your thoughts!!!!