Ok...CRAZY question I know, but please be patient with me. We recently had coyotes tear into our pen and kill the 5 chickens and one rooster we had. I have rebuilt the pen, added a 6x8 coop and reinforced everything I can. NOW....I would like to let my chickens out of their run, at least occasionally when I am outside. The coop is right next to approx 1/2 acre "plot" we plant to feed/watch the deer...a great place I would think for them to forage. My boys are afraid that if I let them out, that they won't come back. We have had then now for 4-6 weeks. 4 of the 8 hens are laying and I have one rooster (all Buff Orpingtons BTW). Can anyone tell me if its ok to let them out occasionally and how to get them to "come home"?? I think it would be neat to let them roam a little since we have almost 20 acres. Thank you for indulging a "neophyte"....sorry if this sounded silly, but I do appreciate any help or advise. PS - first batch of eggs (14) in the incubator...keep your fingers crossed for me. HAPPY EASTER everyone.