I keep seeing all these really great chickens, not sure how long the season is, and my coop is not built yet. My donkey stall has room for chicken roosts and nesting boxes in the feed general area. will it work to allow them to free range all day with the donkey, and roost up at night with out being locked in? my husband can clip their wings so they stay in my pasture, will my donkey be enough of a defense? he does not allow the deer into the pasture--I'm sure that applies to anything, wild, going in his barn-he came from a farm with chickens and pigs. I previously asked about using him as a gaurdian, but at the time it was with having the coop finished. any suggestion or ideas? Jay-Jay, the donkey, has turned out to be wonderful, like a over sized golden retriever--we have heard and seen the tracks of the deer ran out of the pasture.