We are currently looking at 3-5 acre properties in our area. Some are heavily wooded, and some are farmland that was subdivided for housing, so they are basically acres and acres of grass. We would lean more toward wooded properties because I'm not looking to take up mowing as a part time job. I was digging around on Google images and came up with this thread:
This is definitely along the lines of what I would envision based on the kind of property we're looking for. However, I wonder how this type of environment is for free ranging? Everything I've read says to give your chickens the opportunity to eat as many bugs, worms, etc...as possible, so I want to make sure they have a large run, but can they forage as effectively in leaf litter as they would in lush grass? We aren't really looking to keep many chickens. Just enough to supply us with about a dozen eggs a week/give away any we don't use.