We managed to finally figure a way to keep the predators from carrying away all our hens. We turned one of the many grain bins into a hen house. So far it has worked beautifully. I go out in the morning feed, water and collect eggs. I let the hens free range after lunch and I collect eggs again, they get the afternoon to catch bugs and eat grass. We are still training the hens to go in at night about half of the 260 have the hang of it and the other get a nightly escort back to safety. We have been getting about 10-12 dozen eggs a day, the hens are just about 23 weeks old and are not at full production. I have been pleased with the eggs, so far we have a few hens in the old hen house that are producing double yolk eggs almost everyday. Hopefully the predators will stay away!