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I am in the process of moving to a new property where I am going to have a large garden space they merges into a large natural/food forest the whole area will eventually be fenced in the with osage orange living fence. I want to introduce some kind of poltry that I can mostly let free roam the fenced in area as pest control.  I have no interest in eating them or using their eggs for food so I was wondering if there are any chicken or duck varieties that are well suited for this type of living with me being involved in they're lives as little as possible?
 
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If you are really looking to go "hands-off", there's Guinea Fowl.  

In my limited experience;

Pros
Great watch/alarm bird
Extremely self sufficient
Eat pests, tend to leave your vegetables alone
Don't dig holes like chickens

Cons
Great watch/alarm bird (the noise is very annoying to some)
Extremely self sufficient (tough to catch/control)
 
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I second the choice on guinea fowl and find a way easy way to get em in coop at night, like a special treat.  I heard millet only given at dusk is a way to coop em.  Predation is always a problem.  If chickens, you can an automatic door.  
 
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With guinea fowls if they go un-cooped will they roost in trees? In the food forest area there is a number of large trees that they could roost in if that is some thing they will do.
 
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Yes, they will find their own place to roost.  I had some that found my house and began roosting on top of my chicken run, which is an A-Frame about 12 feet tall.  They can fly better than a domesticated chicken, so are tough to contain.
 
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I have some very large oaks that may do well as roosts for them. I have basically no experience with have poltry of any kind so guinea fowl sound right up my alley. Now I just need to track down a good source for them.
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