When I read these pages it just amazes me how people manage to just have chickens around the house. on the porch around the fields in their yards.... How do "I" do it. I just got my hens this spring and they should be laying any time now. my dream is to have them free ranged. we definitely have the space and it irritates me to not be using it. Don't have the money to put up big fancy fencing (that could take years) and they could always just jump over anyway I know there are risks but on the other hand I am home all day and can run out on a whim. i don't want to just let them out and have them take off. our predators seem to only come out at night and the hens hide anytime a crow flies by. they take them selves in at night My neighbors seem to be inviting the novelty of all this (maybe i should still warn them in case they don't want chicken poo on their lawns) So how Do I train My chickens to be smart? and stick around? Just like the old days.