First of all I just wanna say I never thought chickens could be fun...I was actually kind of scared of them after being attacked by a rooster! I have a few questions. First of all let me tell ya about my ladies! I have 2 RIR, 1 Cherry Egger, 2 Isa Browns, and 1 Barred Rock. All have WONDERFUL names! They are in a coop with a run where they can go outside whenever they want. I want them to eventually be free range because we have 6 acres and a TON of bugs! Here are my questions: 1) When can I let them out to be free range to where it should be easy to get them back to the coop at night? 2)When I am ready to do this how long should they be out and how should I "lure" them to bed? 3) When should they start laying eggs? (They are all over a year old) 4)How do I get them to lay their eggs in the coop rather than all over my 6 acres? I am so excited to have these new members to my family and can't WAIT for that first egg! I will definitely keep everybody posted and will hopefully get pictures up soon!