I was having a picnic dinner with the parents this evening when my step-mother pointed out a bald eagle flying overhead. At first I was pleased... then I realized it was circling my chicken coop. Since my parents had brought their dogs with them for the visit, the chickens were all safely locked up in their run, but this is a big disappointment. We've been working on getting them free ranging, at least for a few hours each day when I'm home to monitor. But I'm not so sure that is such a good idea now. I don't think I can do much to protect them from an eagle. But leaving them cooped up in their 5 by 10 foot run doesn't seem desirable anymore, either. I've got plans to build them a larger enclosed space, but these are longer term. They are not going to happen this year. So, I'm wondering what others would do. If you knew there was a bird of prey eying your chickens, would you let them out? Or would you keep them locked up?