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Our chicken run free all day....right before dark they go into a stall in the barn that has their roosting bars and laying boxes,..the follow me in when they see I have feed, they have water in the stall too.. we let them out again the next morning..... I put straw down in the stall and clean it our about twice a month...it all goes into the compost pile...

We have lost a few to critters but there is goat and donkey that share the barn yard with them, I think they scare off some of the critters who love to eat chickens...and they get long fine with our lab, corgi and cats.....
 

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You may not have a "coop" but your stall is your coop, its just not built seprate from your barn. I free range from sun up to about 9:30 pm , I go past dark since the ducks are not usually ready to go in when the chickens do. Mine go in on their own, so when I go out to lock up its just the ducks left that meander in the coop when they see me.
 
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