most chicken predators are nocturnal. as long as you close them up at night they should be fine 98% of the time. hawks are your main daytime concern and dogs can be a problem too if you have any neighbors with dogs that run loose. i personally worry more about my dog killing my chickens than i do hawks though i have had my fair share of hawk problems. in fact the only predators that haven't killed my birds yet are skunks and foxes. if i do let my birds free range i just keep a close watch. if you see a hawk they'll fly off if you run to your birds.With lots of snow and rain the last few weeks I've been feeling like a terrible chicken mom. Their run has become a giant muddy disaster. Theres no grass left and no where for them to dust bath or scratch around. They live in muck with the only dry place being inside the coop.Recently we moved our flock to my inlaws house in the country because I couldn't part with my big Roo and the neighbors weren't fond of his wake up calls. With them being close to federal wooded land and having a large wide open back yard I was nervous to let them free range. We have 2 fake owls on posts to keep hawks away, but we would need 10 more to cover the property. I'm also afraid of foxes, coyotes, or raccoons getting them. I'm so torn on risking their safety to let them free range and have access to lots of food and foraging areas. I feel terrible about their current run even though it's large. Since this is my first flock I would love for some advice and opinions on my situation. Thank you so much in advance!