The idea of true free range chickens is great, but in reality it's dangerous. To balance freedom and safety, we use a modified free range system which we describe in detail, along with tips on fencing, layout and location of chicken yard, providing cover, choosing appropriate chicken breeds, etc., so that you can develop your own limited free range system.
Did you know it's possible to free range your chickens inside your garden? However you can't just throw them in there either as you may lose your own crops quickly. Benefits to having your chickens in the garden S0 long as your vegetables and fruits are protected (see tips below) free ranging
We do many of these... feed them bugs we find (especially japanese beetles!), let them forage in the compost, and allow them to free range (especially in the woods), but (is it sick of me?) I love the idea of a road-kill bucket!!