My chicks are now outside in their temporary home while we work on their coop. The plan is to keep them in their yard while we are at work and free-range them when we get home. Their temporary home is inside a small pen which is inside their humongous yard. Their temporary home is an extra large dogloo with a door made out of a wire dog crate divider covered with hardware cloth. Both the pen and the yard are covered and have hardware cloth around the outside of them. I feel like they are pretty secure in there. Anyways, yesterday morning I opened their house but kept them in the small yard since it was supposed to thunderstorm and at least there is a canopy over the small pen. When I went out later to turn them into the big yard, they were all lined up at the gate waiting to be turned loose, but RIGHT THEN a hawk swooped nearby!!! They scurried under the dogloo and stayed there The hawk can't get into their yard, but it startled me too, and I was relieved their instincts seemed good. They stayed under there for a loooong time, and even with the gate to their small pen open, they stayed in there. Finally later in the day they would venture into the big yard, but stayed close to the small pen. That hawk gave me second thoughts about free-ranging!! We have lived here for about a year and have never seen it before. Hubby saw it the week before we put the chickens outside. It seems like there are lots of overgrown areas they can scurry to if they would be out ranging, I just worry!!