So my friend has chickens, only about 7 of them I'd say, including one rooster. Well, he has 18.5 acres of land and it's mostly tilled dirt and planted trees. He owns a mini nursery as a side job. Well, I was over the other day and was looking at his chickens and I asked him, where is their feeder at? Apparently he just doesn't feed them, they are able to find food on their own, he says he hasn't given them chicken feed in over a year. He also doesn't have a real coop for them, he has high walls on his barn and the chickens are smart enough to fly over the walls at night so they are mostly secure. He does lose chickens now and again, but it's maybe 2 a year at the most. Does anyone else do this kind of thing with their chickens? His seem healthy, good layers, mean nasty rooster though. It just seems cool they can do it on their own but I'm afraid if I tried this with my birds they would be so used to a feeder they'd starve.