Ive been reading on this site for many months, Im moving to the country in The summer (a few months) so I am planning all of this. My first question is 1. Can you just build a chicken coop and let the chickens out into the yard/forest in the mornings to be free? Why does everyone keep them inside of fence? Are there daytime predators that will hurt the chickens when the sun is up? 2. I read that they 'put themselves to bed at night" So they would just come out of the forest late afternoon and go back into the coop correct?? 3. last question. Ive been reading all about what to feed and water them and what to use for treats, etc. But the catalogue I recieved mentions buying vaccinations for the baby chickens. Im curious besides food and water what kind of medical care do they need? How often are those vaccinations needed and do you really need them in a small at-home flock? 4. Also If anyone is in the Greenville S,C. Area I was wondering if you had any recommendations for local places to buy chicken coops, rather than buy online and have them mailed. And also if there are any local meat processers that accept chickens? and how does that work? Thanks for any advice, I am moving from the suburbs of a the biggest city in my State (charleston, S.C) where everything is hotels and fine dining to the country/mountians of Greenville S.C. so I am going to be doing a lot of self suffiency type things,such as gardening (already experienced in this) and see how much space I have for animals in addition to chickens.