We're trying to really plan everything out for next year. We will be building a coop and a run for 15-20 chickens. I have so many questions. We live on 8 acres in the country and our property is bordered by woods on 2 sides. The only fence we have is around the garden to keep the deer out. We also sit back about a 1/4 mile from the road. We would really like to free range. We have planted some trees, but the majority are less than 15' tall. We have a huge deck out back, a barn and one of those wooden playsets for the kids. Is that enough for chickens to take cover when the hawks and owls are out? We do travel a lot on weekends. The plan is to build a coop and run the chickens can be locked in for 2 or 3 days while we're away. Is there anything wrong with that plan? The current plan is to have 15-20 standard size layers. How many roosters should we have with that many hens? Or, do we even need to have roosters? While I'm at it, we're planning on getting buff orpintons, buckeyes, ameraucanas and buff brahmas. Any issues with those breeds that make them a bad fit for us? Any other advice or guidance would be appreciated. Thanks!