I bought my first chicks a month ago and the barn is almost ready for them. I guess I was being naive thinking that in the morning I could let them out in the yard all day while I am at work and let them back in at night. I live near a forest preserve and we do have deer, coyotes, huge raccoons, etc. and didn't even realize that they might be harmed during the day with no one home. I am an animal lover and I want to provide my chickens the best life with as much time outside as possible. My husband works in the trades and is self-employed, so unfortunately, money-wise, it really hurts, but he will be home a few days a week. However, if things get busy for him, it hurts to think that I have to keep them in the barn all day. Then there comes winter too as I live in the midwest which means even more time inside.The whole point of getting these chickens was to have them as an addition to the family, as well as eggs, since I was already spending a fortune on pasture-raised eggs at the store. I am starting to feel like I made a mistake getting them because I can't give them the best life possible, and am not sure what to do. I have already grown quite attached. Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you.