I live in WA State way out in the country in a forested area. We got a big 10 x 10 shed from Lowe's that is being set up in a couple of days that we are going to convert to a coop. We are getting our chicks from McMurray's in May and I wondered how old they need to be when we can safely put them in the coop.

Also we are surrounded by tall evergreens with deer, owl, eagle, hawks, racoons, coyotes, etc., all living on our property. Is it still possible that our chicks can free range at some point, or is that just asking for trouble? We live on close to 5 acres, but all of it is dense forest except for about an acre that our house is on.

Would appreciate any advice.