3 weeks ago my husband and I bought our dream farm in Western Washington. It’s 4.3 acres of mixed pasture and wooded areas with dense undergrowth. We also got a flock of 20+ free range mixed breed chickens and 6 ducks, that belonged to the previous owners. My problem is that in the 3 weeks since we have been here I have had 20 chicks and 2 ducks hatched in illicit hidden nests, basically doubling my flock size. I like the idea of free range chickens but I don’t like the idea of them constantly breeding out of control. Even if we got rid of our roosters, there are always neighborhood roosters passing through. I think the only way to curtail the population explosions is to start clipping their wings so they can’t lay any more hidden nests, but then they will lose the benefits of free ranging... I’m torn.