My main reason for keeping chickens is for insect control and to spread the horse manure. As I posted a while ago, I am not a big chicken or egg eater so I really just wanted them because I always thought chickens were cool lol. I have also decided to not have a coop. I just think (and this is just my honest opinion) that if chickens are in a coop and something were to get in, the chickens have no way of escaping. There are a lot of trees so the chickens will have plenty of places to roost at night.
But my question is how do I get started in true free ranging? When I get them do I just let them go all together? Or do I keep them in a small fenced off area for a while?