I just read one more thread about free ranging the chicks and how good it is for them. I am going to be humble here and admit that I am afraid to let my chickens out of their run!!! They are about 4 weeks from laying. Our property (2.5 acres)was basicly all woodland, lots of cedar trees and big shrubs and such. We basicly tore down trees in the middle, built a house and made a big lawn around the house. Where we stop cutting the lawn is where the woods begin. The lawn is cut infront of the coop where the run is, but behind the coop and to both sides is woods. I am afraid if I let them out of the run they will be off in the woods and either not come back or a dog or some kind of predator will kill them. Do you think they would stay where our lawn is cut short, or will they wander off where I can't see them while I hope they come back by bed time????? This is my first experience with chicks (we have 12). I know I am probably a bit nurotic!!!! Help!!!