So my fellow chicken keepers, I'd like a spot of advice from you. I live in an apartment and currently only have two RIR hens who live in a coop out back. They are not currently free-range since I live inside city limits (dogs, cars, college kids, other threats) and I honestly don't believe I'm even supposed to have chickens. That will be changing next week though, as we're about to settle on our first house in a rural community with a large yard and my soon-to-be next door neighbor even has their own flock. But that has left me with several concerns. I'm looking forward to eventually expanding my flock, getting some new breeds, and maybe even getting a rooster so I can hatch a few chicks of my own. Ideally, I wanted to have free-range chickens that could poke around the yard all day and come back to their coop in the evenings. But now I'm wondering, will my neighbor's flock affect my future flock? The neighbor's chickens are free-range, they're always running about the yard every time we go to the house and I know they have at least one rooster (not familiar enough with different breeds yet to identify them, but the roo is solid white). If I tried to have free-range chickens, what would stop my chickens from going into my neighbor's yard, eating their feed, laying their eggs in my neighbor's nestboxes, hanging out with the neighbor roo and returning to my neighbor's coop at night? I'm assuming no matter what, if I try to have free-range birds, there's going to be some level of mingling and that doesn't really bother me at all. But I'd still like to know that my chickens are coming back to my coop to lay their eggs and sleep. If they're trained to go back into their coop at night, will they always return to the same coop even if they discover another? And would it cause trouble if I was to eventually get my own rooster? I'd like to end up with 8-10 hens and have a rooster to protect them if they roam about the yard. Should I expect my own and the neighbor's rooster to start a fight? Or would they likely try to avoid each other, or fight it out just once to establish a pecking order? I suppose I could always just build a custom coop and large pen/run for my birds if I really wanted to keep them separated, but I was just really hoping to have free-range birds. In summary, I'm new to large flocks and free range in general, so any advice on how to keep free-range chickens (while your next door neighbor also has free-range chickens) would be appreciated. Thanks!