Brand new here, won't receive our first 8 chicks until late July. I do have a question though. I have read that chicken poop makes for a wonderful fertilizer. Have also read that poop should be composted before it is used. I have also read that chickens are great at killing insects, and weeds on the lawn. So, I am thinking my chickens should free range as much as possible in our backyard. Question is: Will their poop burn my lawn (without first being composted)? How do you deal with this? I want them to be able to eat ticks, and other insects in my backyard, and want them to be able to eat all the weeds they can....but, what to do with the poop? Also, I imagine they will also want to eat my grass as well...Should I let them free range in the backyard after all??? Thanks!