Hello chicken people! This July, I let one of my hens hatch out a batch of chicks. She hatched 11, 7 of which turned out to be cockerels (of course). I am able to keep one, and a neighbor is going to take another and two of the pullets (I'll be keeping the other two pullets), but there is no way I can keep the five other little roosters, at least not in the same enclosure. I have been lightly asking around, and there is a person at the local Farm Supply who takes roosters and releases them on a ranch (or at least that is what the employees at the store think). I don't have the heart to ''dump'' them out somewhere like that, and I really need the space they are all in right now for back up (in case things get crazy within my established flock). They all get along pretty well (have only had to separate two), so I've decided to let them free range on the property (owned by my family) across the street. It's about 2 acres, fenced in, with about 1 and 3/4 available for my little flock of cockerels. The fence is 6 ft high in some areas, about 4 ft in others. I'll be feeding them and giving them water, so they won't be entirely abandoned, and the renter on that property is very open to having them around (she's getting the one roo and two pullets for her own yard/coop). SO, my question is: Should I set up a temporary holding pen to get them used to the new yard, or is it safe to take them over and just release them onto the property? There are a few trees along the fence line I'd like them to avoid roosting in (so as not to end up on the wrong side of the fence in the morning), but I also plan to put the food and water near/under a large tree that is centrally located on the property. Does anyone have any advice on how to proceed? Thanks!!!!