First one is about the run. I read on another forum that someone used sod in their chicken run then laid chicken wire over it. It allow the birds to have fresh grass and bugs without letting them eat all of the way down to bare dirt. Has anyone else tried this? and did it work for you? I wonder about in the winter when the grass isn't growing if they'll still eat all of the way down. My other question is are their "hawk resistant" breeds? I have alot of hawks in my area and I was wondering if I went with bigger breeds the hawks would leave them alone. I'd like to free range them during the day, but I won't be able to constantly keep an eye on them. Before I go to work in the afternoon I'd put them in the run, so they'd get at least 4-5 hours of free ranging a day.