I feel bad, but I have called it quits with the free range option. We have 17 acres but the 7 chickens choose to tear apart the gardens in the one acre house area. I just planted my veggie garden and refuse to have that gone too. And I have a 2 year old grandson who gets full of poop when he's over, which means I get full of poop too. (Grandparents will understand). They have a nice run, so I shouldn't feel too guilty, but I still do. My hat is off to those of you who can tolerate it.