I've had my flock for 3 years, and they have always been free range. This winter my neighbors got a new puppy. They complained and said that they no longer want my hens walking around because their dog is going to break it's chain trying to get at them. I'm crushed. Technically I am in the wrong because I can not stop the hens from crossing the property line. I feel like it would be too cruel to contain them to a fence after being free range for so long. Plus, the whole point of raising the chickens is for the health benefits of the eggs which can only be obtained if the hens are forging for bugs. So I guess I just need someone to tell me that it's time to give it up and send my flock to a new farm. I'm out of other viable options. The only other thing that I can think of is maybe a portable fence that I can move around the yard, but I'm not sure how practical that would be.