In the UK the only real predator we have for fully grown chickens is the fox. I will not be able to visit my woods everyday as I live some distance away, so keeping chickens in a coop and run in the woods is not an option. I will have to keep them as semi-wild chickens So I was wondering if there are some breeds that would be able to survive in many acres of woods becasue they are: *Flighty - so can go up into the trees at night, away from the foxes *Foragers - so they can forage for their own food 100% (plenty of wood in many acres of woods) *Broody - So they can reproduce and keep their flock going Questions related to this scenario: 1. I would be able to provide them safe nesting boxes, maybe higher up in the trees. Would this keep them returning to the same area which they would call home? Or would they become nomad and travel away somewhere else in the woods, never to be seen again? 2. Would nest boxes high up in the trees save the eggs from being eaten by most predators like rats? Whats the chances of the eggs surviving for say 5 days of being in the nest boxes before I can pick them up? 3. We have plenty of rain in the UK, so water should not be any issue, however I would be able to provide a regular water supply for them from rain harvesting. Would this water supply be enough to keep them in roughly the same area? (I would obvioulsy have the water supply close to the nest boxes, to keep them coming back to the same area). 4. How can I keep them coming back and staying in roughly the same area when they are free to go wherever they want? Points to remember: * I am not bothered about lots of eggs, so long as I get a few. Not bothered about egg size either I just want to have a few chickens in my woods. * I am not bothered about catching them and petting them * I am not bothered about massive amounts of meat on them, I will rarely be culling them (If i can ever catch them again lol) *I don't want bantams Potential Breeds? Old english game? Modern game? Fayoumi? Dorking? (I know they are heavy but due to their long body shape and long wings they are quite good at flying, my dorkings have cleared clear 6 foot fences) Leghorns/Ancona (Maybe I'll get the occasional broody to keep the flock going)? Appenzeller? Minorca? Welsummer? Lakenvelder? Vorwerk? Sumatra? Yokohama?