Well where do I start... Ive recently got four chickens and my word they have change my yard lol!! Everyone says hello to them and always asks how they are. My Girls (Ronaldinio, Bricktop,Tre Cool and Earold) are free range in the day, my yard is secure with sheep fencing all the way around. We shut the main gates so the girls can go onto the road (which is very quiet) but still rather they didnt just yet. Girls are out every morning about 6:30 when first livery comes to see her horse. My girls spend the day in and around the muck trailer on the yard and around the back they often come in their coop too. Yesterday i got a message 1 hen missing (Ronaldinio) eek!! I wasnt to worried as we seem to have loner, but no sign of her by dusk i look high and low even followed some feathers which were grey not ginger like my hens. I was upset poor chicken just vanished i told everyone to keep an eye out but she didnt turn up. SO i decided i was wrong to let them walk around all day scratching around having fun so i put their coop into a stable and shut them in, they can walk around the stable atleast. Well this morning my livery text she found the missing hen, in her stable in the horses hay bar!!! OMG couldnt believe it what a silly chicken. As you can imagine i was so happy for her Now i have a delemer Seeing as she didnt get eaten just flew over a stable door and went to sleep and I want free range chickens, they love it and so do I, So am i wrong to think let them live wild thro the day and if something happens i cant get upset? IS IT BETTER TO DIE FREE OR LIVE SAFE COOPED?? i jusr cant decided. We dont have half as many nasties as some of as we are in England but foxes are around.