I used to let everyone out all day, every day. Then the hawks started perching in the trees and doing fly overs. The crows help somewhat to chase the hawks, but I don't have a contract with them so...... What to do? The rooster is mad at me and spends lots of time staring through the fence. I let them out for about one hour everyday before it gets dark and I can spend time out with them, throwing stones at the hawks. So the battle is: do I let them out to be free chickens and let the rooster protect them (I have seen him herd them into the coop when he senses danger) or keep them pretty much contained in their run/coop and just feel guilt about the whole darned thing, but keep them very safe? My hubby votes for safety, me for freedom. Any comments?