We let our 8 week old pullets out to free range for the first time ever! They were in their coop only for two weeks...then we let them out in their run for two weeks...they put themselves to bed pretty much from the first night on. One straggler first night but not bad...NOW we tried letting them out in the yard. Our yard is NOT fenced in but we let them out for only two hours while we are out there with them. They LOVED it! Just loved it! And at dusk they all went in by themselves...one was lost and could not find the door but once she did she went in too Shut the door and turned off the lights I'm happy to know that we CAN successfully free range our chickens. I realize that they cannot be left alone so we will spend a few hours with them every night after dinner. What a good day!!!