I used to have chickens, also had incubator and hatched various birds. I had a small covered area, but mostly they were loose in my back yard and veg garden. Don't know why I never worried about them getting over the fence. That was a regular residential house; I'm in another house now, and am only allowed three chickens. NOW I'm worried about them getting out, and worse. I had a hawk take a squirrel out of some brush - bet they could take a chicken too! So now I don't know if it's a good idea to have free-range chickens. Also, I just started volunteering at a "petting zoo" - it's not really. They have a dozen or so TERRIBLE looking chickens in a big dirt enclosure - not anything you would want to hang out in. I know this is moulting season but mine never looked that bad. They even have a pathetic turkey; his tail and rump feathers are almost totally incased in that sheath they grow in (what's it called?). I've tried to find out about it but can't find any reference. There is a disease that causes that...or has he just not pecked it off? OMG and they feed the rabbits layer's pellets (and they call it "layered pellets" - or is there really such a thing?) So much to find out..