We don't let the chickens loose often but when we do it's great fun. The white hen is our Aricauna. Shes the most docile when cornered. She lets up pet her if we press down slightly on her head she squats and spreads her wings for a good wing scratch and after we pet her she just has to fix all those feathers with a good shake or two.
My dad helped me put in a better gate for the chicken yard last weekend. It was kind of half finished before but we had the gate fencing hooked to the stable fencing with the c clips. now I can get in there much easier and hopefully the racoons and such can't.