Hello everyone! I currently live on 5 1/2 acres that is surrounded by a newly built cookie cutter neighborhood. We have 1 dog, 4 horses and barn cats. We live a primal (paleo) lifestyle so organic veggies, grass fed beef and pastured eggs are important to us. I grew up living in the country on 7 acres with virtually no neighbors and the same animals. Growing up we had a couple hens which were never in a coop but would just nest in one of the horse managers. They never seemed to stray far from the barn or get into the garden. I have read through all of the FAQ's and the Chicken 101 but I still have questions. on our property we have a very nice brick building which use to be an old milk house on the property. I have plans on converting the milk house into a chicken coop. I only need to cut a small chicken door into one of the two "people" doors, build a few nest boxes on top of the old milk trough and add a roost. My question is more about free ranging them or do I need to add additional fencing around the coop. The entire property is currently fenced but it is tensile fence which would not keep chickens in. The back 1/2 of the property has a 7' privacy fence around it so I wouldn't have to worry about them getting off the property there. The coop itself is about 1050' from the road but is located in the center of the property so if they go towards the road there is no privacy fence and they could go into the neighbors yards. I would like them to be free range. How close to the coop do they stay? Do they wonder far away? How time consuming is a small flock of about 8 hens? We have a garden on the back side of our house fairly far away from the chicken coop, would we have a problem with them getting into the garden? I have a 7 year old son we are teaching responsibility. would tending to the chickens be too difficult for him to do on a daily basis? Thank you for any and all help!!