So Cute!!! I hope you get lots of beautiful girls with beautiful eggs. I love their eggs so much and the ones they hatched from are pretty. So I free range and I have a small yard in comparisson to most I would assume. I don't have any trees in the middle so they tend to walk along the edges. They have plenty of spots to hide and duck in. I notice hawks, infact I spotted one yesterday when they were out. If I lose a chicken to a hawk its completely my fault and I am prepared for it. I do have trees to one side and my father tied cd's to some posts to try and keep reflecting light etc. I let my dogs out regularly and for the most part I think that keeps most things at bay. I know I am taking a chance though so its your choice. At night they line up waiting to go in the coop. The coop is open and they can go in, but they know if they wait for me they will get a handful of scratch if they go in. Once or twice my husband and I have been late to put them up for the night and they had already lined up on their roosts. I originally said I would only free range while supervised, but nowadays I can't stop my husband from letting them out in the open to hang out with him if he is outside or just when they greet him in the morning. He was up at 6 am today from camping and they are marching all over the yard. Wow thats a long wait. How do they look? Red ? Weather and feed can account for some lateness I have read. I think one or two of my EE and my Splash Andalusian took forever. My white eggs and blue came last.