Okay, so first of all, HELLO! FIRST POST! I brought home my 6 chickens yesterday. 1 Rhode Island Red rooster, 2 hens and 3 chicks (about 13 days old) I converted a shed in my backyard into a coop and made a small run out of old shipping pallets. One of the hens got out and is in the woods behind my house. I'm told not to worry, that she'll come back when it gets dark, but I can't help but worry! I'd like to let all of them out and let them frolic freely...we have a good bit of room and we're on a dirt road just outside of the city limits, I'm only worried about a dog that comes sniffing around here often and chases my cats. We'd like to get a fence constructed soon, but it will have to cover a large area and will cost A LOT, so it's going to have to wait. Should I let them roam? Keep them closed up? Maybe only let them out in the afternoons with supervision? UGHHHH.