I have 6 chickens that were 3 months old on Jan 17. I keep them in a 4x8 coop with an 8x12 run. They have been going into the coop at night on there own for about 2 weeks with out me having to corner them and physically put them there. I would like to start releasing them into the yard, but am concerned about them going back in the coop. I live on 3/4 of an acre in the country and they could easily get away from me. I was thinking about opening the coop door about 30 minutes to an hour before dark and just seeing but. I'm a nervous reck about it. We have lots of preditors and as hard as it is to catch them in the run, I can't imagine how I would catch them in the yard. Any advise would be great. Do you think they would go back to the coop on their own yet?