I'm trying to grasp the logistics here. I'm probably moving to a rented apartment in a house with a beautiful big (eight acres!) yard & giant barn w/ more space than I need. The landlady has expressed a preference that I free range the chickens to help kill off the ticks on the property and I agreed gladly. Then I got home and it occurred to me that if I have a rooster or two, they'd be free ranged, too. I've got four kids. The two little ones would never go out unsupervised, but letting my older two (7.5 and almost 10 when we move) go out and play unsupervised safely is part of why we're leaving the city! I can't tell them they can only play when I have time to go out with them. I could not free range the birds. I could build a smallish (aiming for 10 square feet per bird) fence around the door to the barn and shoo them inside before the schoolbus comes home and not let them free range on the weekends and holidays. I could skip the free range idea altogether. I could free range them and worry a lot. Or... something else I haven't thought of. Please, any voices of experience?