Opinions on whether to free range or not.... 3 weeks ago, our half-blind hen got killed by a hawk. He's (the hawk) the only predator (right now) in our area, and he's a menace. Once a week, maybe, I see him out there watching the girls from outside their safe pen thats covered in netting. Now, help me out... did the half-blind hen get killed because she was half-blind, maybe giving me hope that the other 2 healthy girls won't be so easy for the hawk? After that hawk attack, i've been scared to let them out, though I know i've been free ranging them all summer with no problems, yet, in the colder months, food for the hawk gets harder. Should I risk it and let them free range a few hours a day, maybe with open access to the pen if they need to run? Or should I keep them in their run till warmer months when more food for the hawk comes out?