I would love to let my chickens free range... even for a short time each day... but there are two issues that I can't get past and I'm wondering if any of you have any suggestions. 1) Dogs. My own and the neighbor's. I can control my own (keep her in the house or the fenced back yard when the chickens are out) but I can't control the neighbor's dog and he just pops over here whenever he pleases. They try to keep him restrained, but he gets away and they don't always realize it. There's a chance (albeit small) that my dog will chase the neighbor's dog away from the chickens, but I don't really want to bet on that. My dog is smart and I think she could learn to not bother the chickens in time, but I don't want to push it or count on it. 2) The garden. There's no way to keep the chickens out of the garden unless we fence in the garden, and my husband won't do it. He says it makes it too much of a pain to work in the garden with his equipment. (He's a grain farmer and all the grain farmers I know don't like fences or rocks or trees or anything that gets in their way when they're trying to work.) He's probably right. I can't imagine trying to get into the garden with the rototiller with a fence around it, and if we leave enough room on the inside of the garden fence to turn the rototiller, etc. then we'd have to mow inside the garden fence, and that would mean putting a gate in the garden fence large enough for the riding mower, and OMG it would just be a pain. So... do you all have any ideas? My only thought is to let the chickens out when I'm out there to watch for dogs and/or keep them out of the garden. I'm not very happy with that solution, though, because as a mother of six, sometimes I have to drop everything and run into the house at a second's notice (or less!) and who knows when I could get back out to put the chickens in. Conversely, I wouldn't want to have to worry about rounding up all twelve chickens and make sure they're all in the coop before going in the house. I have a lot to do, lol! We have a portable coop with a run that can be moved to fresh grass. It's not *easily* moved, but it is movable. I'm sure my husband would be willing to hitch up the Gator or one of the small tractors to move it every few days or so if needed: (the apex of the roof is 7 feet high. The entire structure is 15 feet long by 6 feet wide) Do you think this will be enough though? According to the plans my husband used, this coop is supposed to be big enough for 12 chickens, and my husband even made it a bit larger than what the plans called for. Still, I'm worried they won't get enough exercise! Thoughts? Thanks, everyone!!