I currently have a 8ft by 16ft run for my 7 chickens and they seem to be enjoying it just fine. I have about a half and acre of fenced in yard I would like to let them wander in but I have some concerns. The fence in the yard is only a 4ft chain linked fence. Their run is completely enclosed so I never clipped their wings. Is it a good idea to let them free range throughout the yard without clipping their wings first? My children and I are quite fond of our hens and would hate to have one fly over the fence and get lost. Most of them are pretty chubby and would probably not want to exert the energy to hop the fence, but like I said, I would hate to see that happen. On the other hand, I would like for them to have full wings just in case a predator comes by. That way they have a better chance of getting away. We spend a lot of time outside with them, and there are very few predators in our area, but anything can happen... Anyone have any input? Should I clip their wings just to be safe, or are chickens too lazy to run away?