This is my first flock. I have 12 hens. 2 buff orpingtons, 2 light brahmas, 1 buff brahma, 1 silver laced wyandotte, 1 dominique, 1 white silkie, 1 white easter egger, 1 welsummer, 1 black australorp and 1 production red. They have a large coop that was once a wooden shed and a decent sized run. I notice they get bored tho and pick at each other. The run is all dirt/mud now. I want to add sand but funds are tight. We live on a big farm of 100 plus acres but our house is set on a nice 2 acre lot towards the front of the farm. My yard is big but not much cover in the actual yard. The back is lined with wooded area that separates us from the neighbor. I want to let my girls out for a few hours during the day. Not all day but just every now and then to forage. How can i add coverage for them to hide? Also how do i get them back in the coop if i have to go somewhere? I cant let them out all day because i have 2 small children that i have to tend to so i can't be outside with the hens. I am going to post aome pictures of my yard for advice. So please share with me any experiences or advice as to letting my girls out.