My flock of 18 have been free ranging since they were fully feathered...so about 4 months. We have 13 acres and neighbors on both sides but at a considerable distance. Originally the chickens stuck close to home and basically did "rounds" around the house. They have definitely expanded their horizons! They have now ventured over to the neighbor's home...and unfortunately got comfortable pooping on their entryway. They didn't mind them venturing over for awhile-but the porch entry got to be a little much. They were also afraid one of their dogs might consider them a fun toy-which they would feel terrible about! Don't know why they wont head toward the back of our land instead of venturing to the neighbors. I really hate the thought of fencing them, but it doesn't seem there are too many other options. Anyone have any other ideas that haven't all ready been posted? I live in hostage NY so my thought is with winter weather, they wont venture as far. Our neighbors are good people and we surely don't want them getting upset.