We live on 20 heavily wooded acres with a fairly clear area of about 5 acres where the house, shed, pond and coop are. All is surrounded by woods. This is in Central Illinois and we have many different kinds of predators. So far we've had the most trouble with racoons. We started with 16 pullets (mixed, Black Australorp, RIR ,Buff O's and Barred Rocks) and have lost 2 to the racoons. Our girls are about 9 weeks old. Their coop is 8x8 and the run is 15x10. We have some yard which we mow around the house, some which we rough cut in the wooded areas. I'd like so much to be able to let the girls out and free range during the day. We have no dog. Would I be crazy to let them out? Would they stay near me if I was out with them and then would they go back in to the run when I try to shoo them in??? If free ranging isn't possible, we may try fencing in an area adjacent to their run for daytime use. Heavy welded wire with electrical wire at top and bottom. There would be large trees in this fenced area. I'm wondering if this still would not be good enough?? Hawks? Here's a couple of pictures which will hopefully give you an idea of our setting. I'd really appreciate the advice of more experienced chicken lovers! Thanks!