Our dog is a lab, a little over a year old. He is not gonna let these chickens survive if he's able to get to them. We only figured that out recently and the chicks are two and three weeks old. One hen, Georgia, keeps flying out of the rubbermaid box we have them in, so it's definitely time to get them outside. We are faced with a new plan because the old plan had the chicks too far away from the house. Free ranging will have to be done inside a fence for the most part. So we're building a fence around an old garden shed which we will put the nesting boxes. That way we can keep a good eye on them - someone is always home during the day. Here's my questions: There will be a lot of fruit trees inside this fenced area. We never use chemicals, so is it okay that they will have a buffet at their living quarters? I've read that they won't overeat, but I'm worried they may have access to too much sugar. I have figs, wild cherry, plumbs and apples. There are at least 7 fig trees in the area that I want to fence in. Is there anything I need to worry about? Like...will *I* get to harvest any? If I include my herb garden in this fenced area, will they destroy it? I'm guessing they will eat herbs (mostly medicinal)? Or will they leave them alone since they'll have all those figs, pears, apples and cherries? I'm afraid that putting them close to the house is the only way they will survive the dog and mole-chasing cat. The problem is that we have to make decisions fast. My husband took two days off work so we can deal with this. I appreciate any thoughts, advice or criticism. Thanks!!!