I currently have a flock of 23- 11 (16 week old) RSLs and 12 (11 week old) BRs. I keep them in a spacious coop with an attached/ portable run. More recently a lot of them have been flying out of the run -its only a 3ft tall fence at this point- which really isn't a problem considering we have more than enough land for them to graze on. The only issues are.... 1) some of them can't figure out how to fly back into the run when they want to go in 2) if I need to put them away before dark it's quite a chore trying to round them all up to put them back in the coop 3) my dad has started to complain about them digging and scratching around his trees/garden and pooping everywhere (which to me is no problem at all and actually I believe is great for the land and the chickens but it's his land so I have to be respectful). I began free ranging them completely because it's a hassle to keep trying to get them to stay in the run. I can tell that they are so much happier, which in turn makes me happier because I know this is how they should be living, free ranging on a pasture. The problem lies with my dad.... He keeps saying I should build a more secure run for my girls and/or clip their wings. I'm not opposed to either considering, like I said above, I live on his land for now and must be respectful of his wishes. But he doesn't seem to complain when he's supplied with beautiful, healthy eggs with yolks the color of the sun. My other issue is predators... I'm nervous that I will lose some hens to wild animals while free ranging them and I hate the thought of that. So basically I'm looking for advice here. Should I come to an agreement with my dad so I can continue letting them free range completely? Or should I bite the bullet and build a more secure run/clip feathers? (Btw the run is full of delicious weeds and clover for the hens to snack on, so it's not like they aren't getting the nutrition while being in the run). I'm just at an in-between and not sure which route to go. All and any suggestions/advice is welcome! Thanks!