I have searched the forum and haven't found any posts that answer my questions. My 4 Khaki Campbells are 10 months old. They have been in a 10x20 dog kennel (covered with netting) with a good sized pool and an attached coop since they were 3 weeks old before that they were in the house. I have not let them out of the pen because I have been scared to. They are very skittish when you try to handle them and are next to impossible to catch even in their pen. We have a relatively small pond about 50 feet or so from my coops. If I let them out to free range, will they automatically go back to their pen at night? Are they easy to herd like my chickens or will they freak out and scatter? They do not sleep in the coop, but prefer to sleep on the ground even when we have had snow. I am afraid that once they discover the pond, I may not get them back in to the pen. I was planning on continuing to keep their feed in the coop and still fill their kiddie pool and waterer. We have raccoons, skunks, owls, hawks, foxes, coyotes, and frequent stray dogs to contend with so that is why I have not let them out yet. I am scared of losing one or all of them. Or would I just be better off keeping them confined since that is all they know? They seem perfectly content being confined digging in the mud. It is me that feels bad that they can't go out to free range when the chickens and guineas do. Thank you in advance for your help.