We are looking to Day-Range pasture hardy layers (30?) on the 1 acre of pasture that is included in our lease(closest to the house and road) of the open 15 acre cow pasture. My husband is under the impression that it is not necessary to have fencing at all b/c he believes that the birds won't go very far from the coop; that we can still rotate them to graze over new pasture by moving their coop to a new grazing radius. I'm not entirely sure that the birds will really stay that close to home and am leaning towards moveable electric fencing and coops-- mainly b/c of predators and that our neighbors house, our veg garden and a major road are right up against three sides of the acre... I am having a hard time logically convincing my husband that this is the route to go. Is he right that we really don't have anything to worry about by just letting them loose? What would you do for Day-ranging given this info? If my thoughts are right on leaning towards the fencing, any concrete arguments I can point him at?