Hello all! I currently have 19 chickens and one duck that free range over our ranch headquarters in the livestock pens (to which their large coop is attached/part of). My 16 hens are starting to lay (I've gotten two eggs in the coop in the past three days!) and I'm really loving it! They are 19 weeks old. My conundrum, however, is this: I work full time in town, and must turn my birds out by 7:15 in the morning at the latest so I can make it to work by 8am. As the days shorten, I am getting worried about predators, etc. and having the coop door opened so early. I wanted to get some feedback from people who are more experienced than I am with birds -- what are the positives/negatives about keeping the chickens in a large run vs. completely free ranging? I don't want them to start beating the crud out of one another in a run, which I am worried about with them having grown up free ranging. I have tons of room, so the only constraint on run size will be how much fencing material I can afford. I am also having a bit of trouble finding eggs (those that are being laid, anyway) and am thinking that having them in a run vs. free ranging will help with this. I would still turn them out to free range in the evenings when I can, and on the weekends. Thanks!