Although it's a ways off, 1 to 2 years to be specific, I am kind of starting to plan my future coop. We'll hopefully be building on our 10 acre lot at that time. I can't wait to let my chooks free range there! Here's the issue: the lot's rectangular with thick woods at one end and the road at the other. The s.o. thinks they should be situated at the back end, adjacent to the woods as he doesn't want the chickens being the first thing people see as they drive in to the house. I'm thinking that letting them free range back there when they're out of their run is asking for trouble. Even if it's just a little bit away, wouldn't it be safer, predator-wise, to keep them in the front portion of the lot where it's all open pasture and away from the woods? In that case there'd be fencing in that front portion to keep them from heading back to the woods. I've included pics of the lot. (That's me on the phone BTW, which is why my arm is in that weird position.) What do you think, based on experience or theory? Although I love the thought of having all that chook land, the thought of rampant predators makes me uneasy; I currently live in a reasonably populated residential neighborhood where it's a little bit tamer. Thanks in advance for any input!