So, my family are debating on where to have the chooks. I have 6 10 week old brown shavers, in a small run in my back yard... The question is...shoud I keep them in my back yard (is very small ) and upgrade the coop, or send them to a large, spacious paddock where we can make a bigger coop and they can freerange?? The problems I see with moving them is that a) I will only be able to see them once a week (someone WILL be out there to look after them...but not me) b) They will be nowhere NEAR as spoiled as they are here c) Security - - I know all the flock can take a neighbourhood cat down anyday, but people do walk their dogs offleash in that area. I'm also worried about hawks, etc. d) I would miss them e) It would encourage me to expand the flock...not a good idea right now. f) They wouldn't be able to be locked in at night/let out in morning The problems I see with them staying here...however hesitant I am to admit them a) This is a VERY small yard. b) The lawn is getting very thin - - many bald patches c)I can't use my vege patch d) My cat is terrified of them!!!! Please post your opinions...I need advice.