Okay, my girls are being so MEAN! I let them free range every day for an hour or two. The rest of the time they are in an enclosed run. We are building them a huge walk in run (8'x10') but that takes a bit of time. Anyway, we wanted to get three more baby chicks and introduce them eventually. I guess my question is, should I just let the chickens free range or am I just asking for them to be killed. We have a sectioned off area of yard with a partial tree cover. We have six foot high solid cedar fencing. The chickens would have a large deck they could go under for cover. The neighbors dog can see them through one spot of chain link fence but he's a bulldog and could care less. Plus, he's old. I have dogs as well but they stay in unless I'm home. The only real predator I can see would be neighboring cats (and they are small) or possibly a hawk. I can't really see a hawk being able to swoop being that there is this tree cover and if he landed in the tree the whole thing would shake like crazy and the chickens would see. What do you guys do? Do you just let your girls roam? The total fenced area is about 30' by maybe 20' or so. I've always been afraid of them getting eaten or hurt but I think they are being mean because they want freedom. Today my 16 week old girl bit me and drew blood when I was petting them in the coop after bedtime. Eek.