I'm really into self-sufficient type stuff, and I'd really like to find a way for the hens to hatch and raise their own chicks with little-to know interference from me. That way, among other things, I'm not reliant on an electric brooder light. My main concern is predators during the day time, such as our barn cats. I lock all the chickens up in predator-proof coops every night, but during the day the chickens free range all over. What breed of chicken (standard or bantam) would you all recommend that goes broody frequently and makes excellent protective mommas? Or will most hens protect their babies from predators? Or is asking a hen to protect her babies from cats and other predators asking too much? Please share your opinions!