I have 15 RIRs, all laying adults 1-2 years old. They presently live in a coop and large run set up. I've been toying with the idea of allowing them to free range during the day. I live on an acre that is surrounded by 6 ft. chain link fencing. The property is split in two with fencing so the hens would have access to the back 1/2 acre. (My dog would be on the front half). I have a few questions: 1. Are they too old (set in their way) to start free ranging? 2. Would they return to their coop at night? 3. Can they potentially "fly" over the chain link? If yes can I trim their wings? 4. Will they still lay in the coop? 5. Can redtail hawks kill RIRs? 6. Will they eat the tomatoes in my garden? I really want to try free ranging if it is possible. I love my girls and feel sorry for them at times knowing how much they would love exploring. Any tips, advice,warnings etc. to help me with this will be appreciated.