I will be getting about 12 chicks this Spring for future egg production and pets. The pen my current chickens live in is not big enough for all of these birds, so I have two choices. I can either expand their cage or let them free range. I worry about keeping them cooped up because the cage would be mostly in the sun, I would have to spend more money on feed, I would have to spend more money on wood to build the cage, and I worried about them getting bored. If they free ranged I worry about predators snatching them, them getting too far away from home, and that I would have to have an Easter egg hunt every day. So, I really don't know which way to go with this one. Any advice or personal experiences would be appreciated!