I intend to own my own farm in about 5-7 years. My plan is to be as self sufficient as possible, and chickens are a part of that plan, as is a 1 acre garden/orchard. Could a space of that size with grass, fruits and vegetables feed 15-20 chickens and 2-3 roosters? What if all of the pathways were gravel instead of grass? I know that doesn't really give you a good idea about the actual area of vegetative growth, so I found these to kind of illustrate what I had in mind. Would grass be better for the space between the boxes or gravel? We have already build the above layout, only the boxes were taller and the space between each one was filled with gravel, however, this was for my grandmothers backyard, not a farm also supporting the welfare of animals. I'm just not sure if it would be better for the chickies if it were gravel, because that would mean less food, but it would be easier to maintain. This is not what the coops would look like, but I would like them in the garden, only with the doors constantly open so they can get in and out. I would want to make the fencing foolproof to ground predators, such as coyotes and wolves. Predation is a major concern of mine and one that might kill my "100% free range" dream. I intended to allow the chickens to roam freely in the garden, but I'm not sure how to go about protecting them from predators. There would be nearby livestock guardian animals, and roosters, and plenty of shelter built around the garden. I'm just curious what your experiences have been and what advice will guide me towards that plan. Also, is 1 acre garden/vegetable garden/orchard sufficient to support about 15-20 chickens at a time? Whether it's gravel ground or grass/dirt? I'm sorry if I sound illiterate right now and most likely haven't communicated my questions very well. Just got off a ten hour shift, but hopefully someone out there understands my plight, LOL.