First, I have raised chickens and currently keep 50 laying hens. I am by no means intending to neglect the basic needs of any animal, nor am I some heartless moron. I'm educated on caring for chickens- but I've only ever learned of one way. Secure Coop & run. I want to know if free ranging without providing feed (treats allowed ) is possible. I want to know if I can purchase chicks this spring, raise them with medicated feed until they're ready to be outdoors, and then move them to a large pen and only provide adequate shelter and water; No Feed. After 4 months of them no-so-free ranging, collect the birds for meat. Is it possible and realistic- or is it inhumane and creating malnourishment? Surely, someone has first hand experience or has witnessed such an operation.