Now that the weather is starting to get nicer out my rescue chickens are itching to get outside. The second I open the door in the morning they are trying to get out. I can ussually heard them back into the coop before I leave for work. My question is can I just open the chicken door for the coop before I go to work? I live in the country in upstate NY. I have 30 acres so i wont be annoying neighbors. I currently have 5 Rhode Island Reds and 2 Pekin Ducks. I let them out on the weekends and they seem to be fine and always go to roost at night. Even the ducks leave their puddles and waddle into the coop at night. I am away from the house for 8 hours during the day so they would be alone during that time. There are hawks in the area. i just saw a bald eagle flying over my house this weekend while I was cutting fire wood. Theres plenty of cover for them to hide under and lots of things to jump up on. Also their Coop will remain open. I know i run the risk of losing a chicken here or there. Everything I read talks about the risks and benefits of free ranging and i want to let them run wild but I always grew up that you only let them out when your home.