We are new to chickens as of today! I have 6 laying hens now and a small coop. My plan is to have them free range but initially it will have to be supervised. I have 2 dogs that I'm not sure I'll ever be able to trust with free range chickens. I want to put the dogs up for a few hours a day and let the chickens free range but how will I get them back in the coop? Should I then them out a few hours before dark so they'll put themselves up? I know to leave them in the coop for awhile but I have read a few days and I have read until they are laying. Any opinions? Thank to everyone!