My husband and some family members say I shouldn't because they are like wild birds and will not come back to the coop. Also, that they are more vulnerable to predators. I have 4 silkies that cannot fly and 5 sebrights and Japanese buffs that can fly. I have planned to clip some feathers on one wing on each of the sebrights and buffs. We let our big chickens that are in a separate coop free range. A few years back we had a pair of Hamburgs ( large chickens) that would not come back to the coop at night once they found they could fly to the barn rafters. My husband is afraid that will happen to our banties. They are not safe on those rafters since many predators can climb up to them. Needless to say those Hamburgs did not live long. Can anyone give me some advice?