We are new chicken owners (Yea!!). We have four hens in a new A-frame ark/tractor I recently built. In our pre-chicken research, we had gotten the impression that free range hens wouldn't "range" too far from the coop. Ours are in the middle of about an acre yard, bordered with a hedge row. We have been letting them out in the morning, 7'ish. Every night that would come back into the coop on thier own at sundown. We'd just been checking on them and then locking up the coop for the night. Well, this has been the case for about 2 months and now we find out that not only have the girls been going through the hedge row, and through the neighbors yard, but then across a road and tearing up another neighbors garden. So, clearly they have too much freedom, but what's a new chicken owner to do? We are considering building a run onto the coop and making them not-free-range chickens, but we hate the idea.