I know that not everyone can do it, but for those that have the option, I hope free-rangers will share the benefits of free-ranging their chickens. I'll start. So far I am realizing that I only have to feed my hens 1/4 what I'd feed them otherwise...and that's ONLY if I want tip-top egg production...and then they still somethimes don't eat all that is offered in a given day because they've filled their bellies in the yard. I'm also realizing that introducing chicks to a flock is MUCH easier that what many people seemed to have experienced. I've read lots of horror stories and warnings about what to watch for...and so far, I've had none of those negatives. The hens are too busy frolicking in the field to pay any mind to the newcomers, and too worn out at the end of the day (presumably) to fuss with them at night. (I hope this dosn't come back to bite me...it's only been 1 night together). Anyway, so far those are the benefits I'm seeing with free-range. Happy birds with full tummies, and my wallet doesn't hurt yet. Anyone else?