We let the girls out of the palace on a regular basis.
For now we supervise their outings. This might not protect them 100% from predators, but it makes us feel better.
Scratching and pecking goes on for a half hour or so, and then with no prodding from me...
the girls return to their living quarters, bellies full of weeds and bugs.
All that's left to do is preen and rest. Such is a hen's life at Poultry Palace and Gardens.