I'm just starting to plan here... Currently I have around .5 acre of fenced in yard for the dog. It's probably about 80% lawn, but there is a good amount of woods and brush area all around. I'd love if the chickens could take care of some of that brush and the tick problems it creates. I dont want the chickens on the lawn all the time, because I dont want them to tare it apart, but I will let them loose on it supervised on the weekends. So my current fencing material is this: http://www.bestfriendfence.com/ It's 5 foot of their heavy duty, with a 3 foot "chew guard" that is bent inward 1ft to prevent digging. What I was thinking of doing is fencing a portion around the outside in for the birds and maybe moving it a different area once/twice a year. I dont think I would need the chew guard tho, and I was thinking 5ft would be sufficient because if they do go over it, its not a big deal. Since the area I want the chickens in is wooded for the most part, having a fence over top is not really going to work. What do all of you think of this idea? I was thinking of having RIR (starting with 2-3 going up to 6 if all goes well). I live in easter Mass so cold winters are usually typical (not this year), and I would like to have a good egg production since we eat a lot of eggs. Also looking for a breed that is very hardy as I'm very new to this.