Hello all! I'm new to this site, and new to having chickens! I've gained so much information reading a lot of the entries. My little flock of 26 Buff Orp's are 2 weeks old and I'm crazy about them. My question is: I live out in the country in a dense woodland of SE Minnesota and I have longed to have my own free-range chickens. A farmer has suggested to me that these gals may just prefer to roost in the oak trees instead of going in at night to the 'Hilton' that my DH built for them! If so, I won't have many birds for very long with all the predators that are around. I hadn't given it any thought that they might roost in the trees. I really rather not fence them in (I plan on trimming their flight feathers), but I'm also not willing to feed the great horned owls, coyotes and stray wolves. My 'girls' are pretty tame, as I spend quite a bit of time during the day with them in their new coop! Thanks for any thoughts on what might be a problem!