I read a study on free ranging versus confined hens, and the free range girls laid eggs much earlier. (ok, it was just one family who did the experiment, but still.) My goal all along has been to free range my chicks. I feel they will be fine out there, with me and the dogs constantly around. One of my concerns though is how far they are going to roam? Straight behind their run is lots and lots of lawn, then a wild area, then woods. To the left is a huge apple orchard. Unfortunately to the right is is our neighbor/landlords lawn. In the front of the two houses are his beautiful flower beds. I would say the flower beds are at least 200 feet away from the run, and hidden by the houses and 2 garages. Are the girls going to head for the woods and apple orchards? Do I have to worry that they are going to head over to the neighbors and dig up his prized Calla Lily's? If they start roaming too far, and I then lock them in a coop for a couple of days, will that help to break that instinct? Any and all advice will be considered!!!