Hello all, I've had chickens before, but have always lived well outside of town on acreage. We bought a house in town this spring and sold our mini farm and my chickens, our new town didn't allow chickens but is going to change the law effective this year with gender and number stipulations. We have a 6 foot wood privacy fenced large back yard, and while my soon to be new flock will have an incline run, I'd like to be able to let them have the run of the yard for multiple reasons including bug control. Are there any of you with privacy fences who have any advise on keeping them in? I have a person on speed dial to acquire 6 pullets from, but am wondering if I will have trouble keeping them in the yard, since they'll know about flying & life more than if I wait until spring and get chicks. I can clip wings and intend to keep them in the coop& run for a couple weeks to learn "home".. I just don't want to set myself up for failure by getting birds who may be more likely to try to escape. On the other hand, if I get chicks I'm inevitably going to get cockerels in the mix (I am opposed to sex links as I prefer a colorful mixed flock) and will then have to get rid of them, which could be problematic. Basically I'm just looking to hear from some of you literal back yard keepers and how you do it with obtaining birds and keeping them in your backyard. Am I over thinking this? Thanks so much, and I just can't wait to have feathers in my family again!