My dozen eight-week-olds have been outside in their coop/run for a week now and normally are scattered around, calm and content. I’ve been warned about predators in the area by other chicken keepers, so I’ve been only letting them into the covered run when someone is home, and at various times of day. Today they were outside all day until just before dusk. When I went out, they were all gathered at one end of the run, and were making a lot of noise. I’m guessing there was a predator around, and when I went into the run they all clustered around me. When I put them into the coop for the night, they crowded into a single nest box on the same end of the coop. At last count there are eight in that box. I thought even with a predator around they would calm down inside the coop a little, but since they are nervous now I’m nervous. I poked through the bedding looking for rats or snakes. Now I’m sitting at the window watching and listening with the yard lights on. The camera inside the coop shows that they are still in the box two hours later, although they aren’t making so much noise. I don’t know what else I can do to help them relax. Suggestions?