I am new to this site and do not want to offend anyone, but since this forum is about pets you can eat guilt free, I will plow on. We had chickens most my life in the backyard. No coop or special feeder or anything like that. My family is moving into the woods and I would like to bring chickens back into my life. I am convincing my wife that having a chicken or two around is great. My original vision was to buy a couple of chickens and let them run free. Put up a sheltered coop to give them a safe place for the night and a little grain each day and I figure that would be good enough. I read this site, however, and others like it and they all say I must have a chicken coop with a fenced yard. Is that my only option?