Tomorrow, my son is taking me white water rafting all day. We will leave about 6:30 am and probably be home around 6 pm. Every morning I let my hens out into their yard all day. But I'm right here and could hear if anything attacked them. They're in a coop in the back yard. No dogs can get in, but I would worry about raccoons. Question: Would it be ok to leave them cooped up all day inside the hardware cloth coop? It's about 4 x 8 feet enclosed with a ladder to a small henhouse. There would be 4 hens in there; 1 RIR, 2 Barred Rocks and 1 Speckled Sussex. The only problem I might foresee is that Penny, the SS, is awfully mean to the little RIR hen. She chases her mercilessly. But getting pecked might be better than getting eaten? What would YOU do?