I copied this as my response to a free range feeding question. (I'm sorry, it probably didn't belong there, but that question, made me think of this question.) As stated in that thread, chickens tend not to wander more than 50 feet or so away from their coop. My question is this: I was wondering whether fencing an area makes a difference as to how far away from the coop a chicken will go? I read a study once about children on playgrounds. If the playground area was fenced, the children spread out and utilized the whole space. Conversely, if the area was NOT fenced, the children would stay in groups up near the school building. I wonder if this applies to chickens as well?