After spending a lot of money on my pig pen, fruit orchard, and vegetable garden, I'm running pretty low on available funds. I want to add some chickens into the mix, but I simply cannot afford to build any sort of elaborate place for them to stay. I've heard about free-ranging chickens and I have some questions.
1. What stops them from wandering away?
2. Would they damage my vegetable garden?
3. How do you protect them from predators?